colloquialism

noun col·lo·qui·al·ism \ kə-ˈlō-kwē-ə-ˌli-zəm \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of colloquialism

1 a : 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 : 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.

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COLLOQUIALISM Defined for English Language Learners

colloquialism

noun

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

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

Definition of colloquialism for Students

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


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