colloquialism

noun

col·​lo·​qui·​al·​ism kə-ˈlō-kwē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce colloquialism (audio)
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

His English is very good, but he has trouble understanding certain colloquialisms.
Recent Examples on the Web My Spanish included Puerto Rican colloquialisms, Salvadoran sentence structure, and university-level Castilian vernacular. Katty Huertas, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023 The word ‘choon’ is likely a colloquialism for tune—much like an ice-cream truck, a tuk-tuk bakery is fitted with a tune to attract customers along its path. Vidya Balachander, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Aug. 2023 Every concert is filled with tens of thousands of fans wearing and exchanging beaded bracelets spelling out the names of Swift songs and colloquialisms all the way up their arms. Time, 23 Aug. 2023 However, as some social media users pointed out, the phrase used by Foxx is a common Black colloquialism to describe betrayal from a person meant to be one of your biggest supporters. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2023 There's also Sophia Lillis' Doric, an eco-warrior druid, and Regé-Jean Page's Xenk, a paladin who does not traffic in colloquialisms. Nick Romano, EW.com, 29 Mar. 2023 This 100 percent Shiraz stunner from Australia’s Barossa Valley is named for the local colloquialism for estate manager, Factor. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2022 Years have passed, yet many Wisconsinites continue to refer to ATMs as TYME machines, a colloquialism that confounds the rest of the world to this day. Karl Ebert, Journal Sentinel, 14 Oct. 2022 Gundi means female thug, a Hindi colloquialism often used when referring to rebellious and independent women who live on their own terms. Tasnim Ahmed, Vogue, 12 Oct. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

see colloquy

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of colloquialism was in 1810

Dictionary Entries Near colloquialism

Cite this Entry

“Colloquialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colloquialism. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

colloquialism

noun
col·​lo·​qui·​al·​ism kə-ˈlō-kwē-ə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce colloquialism (audio)
1
: a colloquial expression
2
: colloquial style

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