Definition of colloquialism
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 : colloquial style <the appeal of the author's colloquialism>
Examples of colloquialism in a sentence
His English is very good, but he has trouble understanding certain colloquialisms.
Origin and Etymology of colloquialism
First Known Use: 1810
COLLOQUIALISM Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of colloquialism for Students
: a word or expression used in or suited to familiar and informal conversation
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