colloquialism


col·lo·qui·al·ism

noun \-ˈlō-kwē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

: a word or phrase that is used mostly in informal speech : a colloquial expression

Full Definition of COLLOQUIALISM

1
a :  a colloquial expression
b :  a local or regional dialect expression
2
:  colloquial style

Examples of COLLOQUIALISM

  1. His English is very good, but he has trouble understanding certain colloquialisms.

First Known Use of COLLOQUIALISM

1810

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

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