of, relating to, or characteristic of conversation: a conversational tone of voice.
able or ready to converse; given to conversation.

Origin of conversational

First recorded in 1770–80; conversation + -al1
Related formscon·ver·sa·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·ver·sa·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjectiveun·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjective

Synonym study

1. See colloquial. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conversational

Contemporary Examples of conversational

Historical Examples of conversational

  • It had a conversational way of brightening and growing dull.

  • "Let down the ladder," said Foulet, in a quiet, conversational tone.

  • Such voices as broke into them were anything but conversational.

    Notes on My Books

    Joseph Conrad

  • I fear that trying to be conversational I have only managed to be unduly discursive.

    Notes on My Books

    Joseph Conrad

  • Olive, thinking to do well, flung herself into the conversational breach.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

British Dictionary definitions for conversational



of, using, or in the manner of conversation
inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable
Derived Formsconversationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conversational

1779, from conversation + -al (1).

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