[ kol-uh-kwee ]
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noun,plural col·lo·quies.
  1. a conversational exchange; dialogue.

  2. a conference.

Origin of colloquy

1555–65; <Latin colloquiumcolloquium

Other words from colloquy

  • col·lo·quist, noun

Words Nearby colloquy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use colloquy in a sentence

  • But teenagers were (and still are in present-day text messages) having an ancient colloquy of deep significance.

  • I had a public colloquy with a local Sheikh, which stopped abruptly when he was threatened by his constituency.

    Bulletin From The Front | Rabbi Daniel Landes | April 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • But first he held a whispered colloquy with the Princess, whom he entreated, or persuaded, to re-enter her gorgeous vehicle.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • Why should they not dawdle at their labor sitting upon the fence in endless colloquy while the harvest rots upon the stalk?

  • The king endeavoured to persuade his brother to return to his court, when the following colloquy took place between them.

  • And that insufficient colloquy was the beginning of a prolonged estrangement between us.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • Once more Mitchy watched him revolve a little, but now, familiarly yet with a sharp emphasis, he himself resumed their colloquy.

    The Awkward Age | Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for colloquy


/ (ˈkɒləkwɪ) /

nounplural -quies
  1. a formal conversation or conference

  2. a literary work in dialogue form

  1. an informal conference on religious or theological matters

Origin of colloquy

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

Derived forms of colloquy

  • colloquist, noun

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