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[in-ter-lok-yuh-ter] /ˌɪn tərˈlɒk yə tər/
a person who takes part in a conversation or dialogue.
the man in the middle of the line of performers in a minstrel troupe, who acts as the announcer and banters with the end men.
a person who questions; interrogator.
Origin of interlocutor
1505-15; < Latin interlocū-, variant stem of interloquī to speak between (inter- inter- + loquī to speak) + -tor Unabridged
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  • The characters of the three interlocutors also correspond to the parts which are assigned to them.

    Gorgias Plato
  • This was not much; his interlocutors, it would seem, knew more than he.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Before we proceed further, we will give some account of our interlocutors.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • She shot a glance of contempt at her interlocutors and pushed past them.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • The character of the interlocutors and the division of the scenes is a little uncertain.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for interlocutors


a person who takes part in a conversation
Also called middleman. the man in the centre of a troupe of minstrels who engages the others in talk or acts as announcer
(Scots law) a decree by a judge
Derived Forms
interlocutress, interlocutrice, interlocutrix, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for interlocutors



1510s, agent noun from Latin interlocut-, past participle stem of interloqui "interrupt," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + loqui "to speak" (see locution). Related: Interlocutory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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