Definition of colloquy
- a colloquy between the trial judge and defendant
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attended a colloquy on economic globalization
the subject of the spirited colloquy was the disputed authorship of the plays attributed to Shakespeare
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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."
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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