[ in-ter-lok-yuh-ter ]
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  1. a person who takes part in a conversation or dialogue.

  2. 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.

  1. a person who questions; interrogator.

Origin of interlocutor

First recorded in 1505–15; from 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. 2023

How to use interlocutor in a sentence

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

    A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
  • The sound of voices reached them from within the paddock, though a thick shrubbery prevented their seeing the interlocutors.

    Camilla | Fanny Burney
  • “You see that young man,” said the honorable proprietress of the Hotel des Folies to her interlocutors.

    Other People's Money | Emile Gaboriau
  • Margaret and Lilian, the old ticket-porter and the young blacksmith, were the principal interlocutors.

  • Moralities are dialogues where the interlocutors represented feigned or allegorical personages.

British Dictionary definitions for interlocutor


/ (ˌɪntəˈlɒkjʊtə) /

  1. a person who takes part in a conversation

  2. Also called: middleman the man in the centre of a troupe of minstrels who engages the others in talk or acts as announcer

  1. Scots law a decree by a judge

Derived forms of interlocutor

  • interlocutress, interlocutrice or interlocutrix, fem n

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