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

Related Words for interlocutors

interviewer, questioner, speaker, talker, interrogator, dialogist

Examples from the Web for interlocutors

Contemporary Examples of interlocutors

Historical Examples of interlocutors

  • The characters of the three interlocutors also correspond to the parts which are assigned to them.



  • This was not much; his interlocutors, it would seem, knew more than he.

  • Before we proceed further, we will give some account of our interlocutors.

    Gryll Grange

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • She shot a glance of contempt at her interlocutors and pushed past them.

  • The character of the interlocutors and the division of the scenes is a little uncertain.

    Bible Studies

    Joseph M. Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for interlocutors



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 interlocutors



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