noun, plural col·lo·quies.

a conversational exchange; dialogue.
a conference.

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

Examples from the Web for colloquy

Historical Examples of colloquy

  • Yet he never passed in at my door—never sat in colloquy with me until midnight.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • His lordship had been an ear-witness to part of the colloquy, very much to his edification.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • I was bored by the length of the colloquy, and sat down on the table swinging my legs.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • It was not an altercation; there was evidently nothing the least exciting in the colloquy.

  • He did not invite his visitor to enter, and the colloquy between them was brief.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander

British Dictionary definitions for colloquy


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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