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colloquialism

noun col·lo·qui·al·ism \-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
COLLOQUIALISM Defined for Kids

colloquialism

noun col·lo·qui·al·ism \kə-ˈlō-kwē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of COLLOQUIALISM for Kids

:  a word or expression used in or suited to familiar and informal conversation

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