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 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,, "The Swedish Model Trades More Disease for Less Economic Damage," 16 May 2020 Of course, any congressman-law professor colloquy risks breaking the logorrheic scale. The Economist, "Uncommon grounds The impeachment inquiry enters its next phase," 5 Dec. 2019 Cinderella’s innocent colloquies with her all-knowing birds never failed to crack me up. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Into the Woods’ and stars align in magical night at the Hollywood Bowl," 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, "Will the Supreme Court let Donald Trump ditch DACA?," 15 Nov. 2019 In his ongoing colloquy with God, for instance, Salieri intones the same sentiments at least five times. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘Amadeus’ at the Folger will be music to your ears," 12 Nov. 2019 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

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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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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Colloquy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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