colloquialism

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

Definition of colloquialism

  1. 1a :  a colloquial expression <“Chicken out” is a colloquialism for “to lose one's nerve.”>b :  a local or regional dialect expression <“Bodacious” originated as a Southern colloquialism.>

  2. 2 :  colloquial style <the appeal of the author's colloquialism>

Examples of colloquialism in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of colloquialism

see colloquy


First Known Use: 1810

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COLLOQUIALISM Defined for English Language Learners

colloquialism

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

Definition of colloquialism for English Language Learners

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


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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