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noun, plural col·lo·quies.
  1. a conversational exchange; dialogue.
  2. a conference.
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Origin of colloquy

1555–65; < Latin colloquium colloquium
Related formscol·lo·quist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He expresses it later in the Praise of Folly and in the Colloquies.

    Erasmus and the Age of Reformation

    Johan Huizinga

  • As to form, the Colloquies are less confessedly satirical than the Moria.

  • But, to far larger numbers, the message was contained in the Colloquies.

  • Which is the best and most complete English translation of Erasmus' Colloquies?

  • Out of the Colloquies of Erasmus he now answered the member.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for colloquies


noun plural -quies
  1. a formal conversation or conference
  2. a literary work in dialogue form
  3. an informal conference on religious or theological matters
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Derived Formscolloquist, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin colloquium from colloquī to talk with, from com- together + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for colloquies



mid-15c., "discourse," from Latin colloquium "conference, conversation," literally "a speaking together," from com- "together" (see com-) + -loquium "speaking," from loqui "to speak" (see locution). Meaning "conversation" is attested in English from 1580s.

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