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colloquialism

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

Simple Definition of colloquialism

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of colloquialism

  1. 1 a :  a colloquial expression b :  a local or regional dialect expression

  2. 2 :  colloquial style

Examples of colloquialism in a sentence

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



1810

First Known Use of colloquialism

1810

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COLLOQUIALISM Defined for Kids

colloquialism

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

Definition of colloquialism for Students

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




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