col·​lo·​quy | \ ˈkä-lə-kwē How to pronounce colloquy (audio) \
plural colloquies

Definition of colloquy

1 : conversation, dialogue a colloquy between senators
2 : a high-level serious discussion : conference a colloquy between the trial judge and defendant

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Colloquy may make you think of "colloquial," and there is indeed a connection between the two words. As a matter of fact, "colloquy" is the parent word from which "colloquial" was coined in the mid-18th century. "Colloquy" itself, though now the less common of the two words, has been a part of the English language since the 15th century. It is a descendant of Latin loqui, meaning "to speak." Other descendants of "loqui" in English include "eloquent," "loquacious," "ventriloquism," and "soliloquy," as well as "elocution" and "interlocutor."

Examples of colloquy in a Sentence

attended a colloquy on economic globalization the subject of the spirited colloquy was the disputed authorship of the plays attributed to Shakespeare

Recent Examples on the Web

Each new panel brings a fresh participant and perspective to the mound, and accusations become colloquy. Nicole Rudick, The New Yorker, "How “Peanuts” Created a Space for Thinking," 6 Aug. 2019 What sets Hava Kohav Beller's documentary apart is the intense colloquy at its disheartening heart: a series of discussions among young Palestinians and Israelis during a retreat in Germany. Sheri Linden,, "'In the Land of Pomegranates' probes the hope and despair of young Israelis and Palestinians," 15 Mar. 2018 McConnell made a big show of this promise to Collins -- even engaging in a colloquy on the floor cementing the deal. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "The day Republicans have been looking for arrives: Voting begins on tax plan," 19 Dec. 2017 Sotomayor’s barbed colloquy with Murphy laid bare the fundamental weakness in Wisconsin’s defense. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "Partisan Gerrymandering Got the Sotomayor Treatment," 4 Oct. 2017 Partially satisfied, Pittman then called Thornton to the courtroom podium for a colloquy on the issue. Ken Daley,, "Accused child-killer Chelsea Thornton deemed competent, request for judge trial approved," 18 July 2017 In other paintings, tree branches seem to detach from their trunks and engage in an airborne colloquy. Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, "Review: At Northwest African American Museum, works you’ll want to touch — but don’t," 2 May 2017 And yet this work’s true heart lies in the colloquy among those seven men. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: In Gala, American Ballet Theater Is Open to Debate," 17 May 2016 Update: Jenny added to our colloquy in a follow-up post at her blog. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "DINNER: A LOVE STORY," 8 July 2012

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First Known Use of colloquy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colloquy

Latin colloquium, from colloqui to converse, from com- + loqui to speak

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The first known use of colloquy was in the 15th century

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col·​lo·​quy | \ ˈkä-lə-kwē How to pronounce colloquy (audio) \

Legal Definition of colloquy

: a discussion during a hearing between the judge and the defendant usually to ascertain the defendant's understanding of his or her rights and of the court proceedings

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