- behavior or manner of living.
- close familiarity; intimate acquaintance, as from constant use or study.
Origin of conversation
Examples from the Web for conversation
For many years afterward it was a never-ending topic of conversation, and is more or less talked of even to this day.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yet, for god knows what reason, his name is never brought up in the “Great American Filmmaker” conversation.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Even though we were running late, Scott was jovial and candid in his conversation.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A successful trend-maker might be able to steer a conversation, but virality remains extremely difficult to predict.
In conversation, her ideas emerge at a roiling boil that often takes on a momentum of its own.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The alcalde was trying to change the course of the conversation.The Social Cancer|Jos Rizal
Then the conversation ended, and the morning passed without the coming of Sir Francis.Kept in the Dark|Anthony Trollope
The modern languages give unto such persons the name of favorites, or privadoes; as if it were matter of grace or conversation.
After a few minutes he invariably joined me, and led the conversation to the same topic.The Lady of the Basement Flat|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
After a few minutes' conversation, Ben broke down completely, and sat against a sand-bank to weep.Roden's Corner|Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for conversation
Word Origin and History for conversation
mid-14c., "living together, having dealings with others," also "manner of conducting oneself in the world;" from Old French conversation, from Latin conversationem (nominative conversatio) "act of living with," noun of action from past participle stem of conversari "to live with, keep company with," literally "turn about with," from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + vertare, frequentative of vertere (see versus).
Specific sense of "talk" is 1570s. Used as a synonym for "sexual intercourse" from at least 1511, hence criminal conversation, legal term for adultery from late 18c. Related: Conversationalist; conversationist.
Idioms and Phrases with conversation
In addition to the idiom beginning with conversation
- conversation piece
- make conversation