[ kol-uh-kwee ]
/ ˈkɒl ə kwi /

noun, plural col·lo·quies.

a conversational exchange; dialogue.
a conference.

Nearby words

  1. colloq.,
  2. colloquia,
  3. colloquial,
  4. colloquialism,
  5. colloquium,
  6. collotype,
  7. collude,
  8. collum,
  9. collun.,
  10. collunarium

Origin of colloquy

1555–65; < Latin colloquium colloquium

Related formscol·lo·quist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for colloquy


/ (ˈkɒləkwɪ) /

noun plural -quies

a formal conversation or conference
a literary work in dialogue form
an informal conference on religious or theological matters
Derived Formscolloquist, noun

Word Origin for colloquy

C16: from Latin colloquium from colloquī to talk with, from com- together + loquī to speak

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Word Origin and History for colloquy



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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