a person who takes part in a conversation or dialogue.
the man in the middle of the line of performers in a minstrel troupe, who acts as the announcer and banters with the end men.
a person who questions; interrogator.

Origin of interlocutor

1505–15; < Latin interlocū-, variant stem of interloquī to speak between (inter- inter- + loquī to speak) + -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interlocutor

Contemporary Examples of interlocutor

Historical Examples of interlocutor

  • Ramiro looked at his interlocutor, as the mastiff may look at the lap dog.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Our man was probably misinformed as to who their interlocutor was.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

  • Almayer turned round and looked at his interlocutor steadily.

    Almayer's Folly

    Joseph Conrad

  • Alexander began looking at his interlocutor with surprise and annoyance.

  • The interlocutor was a stout Canadian and seemed gigantic to Jeanne.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for interlocutor



a person who takes part in a conversation
Also called: middleman the man in the centre of a troupe of minstrels who engages the others in talk or acts as announcer
Scots law a decree by a judge
Derived Formsinterlocutress, interlocutrice or interlocutrix, fem n
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Word Origin and History for interlocutor

1510s, agent noun from Latin interlocut-, past participle stem of interloqui "interrupt," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + loqui "to speak" (see locution). Related: Interlocutory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper