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.
Recent Examples of colloquialism from the Web
The American Random House Dictionary … is still shy of it, however, though not of the American colloquialism ass.
Occasionally, an American character uses distinctly British Isles colloquialisms in conversation, but that sort of thing is often tricky when writing characters from another culture.
Like the complex Baltimore crime drama (which ran five seasons on the network), Thrones boasts braided story lines, inscrutable colloquialisms, and a never-ending pursuit to crown a king.
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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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