1751, from earlier term colloquy, from Latin colloquium, from con- + loquor, + -al. Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /kəˈləʊ.kwɪəl/
  • (GA) IPA: /kəˈloʊ.kwi.əl/


  1. (linguistics) Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation, of common parlance; informal.
  2. Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty.
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colloquial (plural colloquials)

  1. A colloquial word or phrase, colloquialism

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