colloquialism

[ kuh-loh-kwee-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ kəˈloʊ kwi əˌlɪz əm /

noun

a colloquial expression.
colloquial style or usage.

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Origin of colloquialism

First recorded in 1800–10; colloquial + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM colloquialism

col·lo·qui·al·ist, noun

Words nearby colloquialism

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British Dictionary definitions for colloquialism

colloquialism
/ (kəˈləʊkwɪəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

a word or phrase appropriate to conversation and other informal situations
the use of colloquial words and phrases
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