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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
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of colloquy
Latin colloquium, from colloqui to converse, from com- + loqui to speak
First Known Use: 15th century
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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