colloquy

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noun col·lo·quy \ˈkä-lə-kwē\

Definition of colloquy

plural

colloquies

  1. 1 :  conversation, dialogue a colloquy between senators

  2. 2 :  a high-level serious discussion :  conference a colloquy between the trial judge and defendant

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Examples of colloquy in a Sentence

  1. attended a colloquy on economic globalization

  2. the subject of the spirited colloquy was the disputed authorship of the plays attributed to Shakespeare

Recent Examples of colloquy from the Web

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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


Law Dictionary

colloquy

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noun col·lo·quy \ˈkä-lə-kwē\

Legal Definition of colloquy

  1. :  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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