col·​lo·​quy | \ ˈkä-lə-kwē How to pronounce colloquy (audio) \
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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 While there is inevitably a performative dimension to the colloquy between these two figures who have spent so many years on the public stage, Obama and Springsteen are also both deeply introspective., 25 Mar. 2021 Milius concentrates on conservative patriots, yet her colloquy of all those involved in creating or fighting the coup highlights the varied countenances, plus their camera-ready expressions, that reveal an unexpectedly broad, adversarial America. Armond White, National Review, 9 Dec. 2020 Leach said during a news conference colloquy with this New York Times reporter, drawing some Mississippi State faithful to Twitter’s ramparts. Alan Blinder, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2020 An additional 10,000 have since listened to the recording of the colloquy with Joyce Barnathan, president of the International Center for Journalists. Peter Coy,, 16 May 2020 Of course, any congressman-law professor colloquy risks breaking the logorrheic scale. The Economist, 5 Dec. 2019 Cinderella’s innocent colloquies with her all-knowing birds never failed to crack me up. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2019 The stultifyingly dry colloquy on memos and finer points of administrative law rarely gave way to discussion of how ending DACA would impact the lives of some 700,000 people who rely on its protections to build careers and raise families in America. The Economist, 15 Nov. 2019 In his ongoing colloquy with God, for instance, Salieri intones the same sentiments at least five times. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2019

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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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“Colloquy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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