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Recent Examples of interlocutor from the Web
For months, the Chinese cultivated Mr. Mnuchin as part of a concerted effort to establish him as the primary American interlocutor.
China, a key North Korean interlocutor, is now edging toward a trade war with the Trump administration.
More recently, Rosenstein has emerged as one of the chief interlocutors for House Republicans seeking sensitive information about the ongoing investigation.
Like court nominees before him, Judge Kavanaugh will frustrate his interlocutors with nonanswers so as not to tip his hand on future cases before the court.
The list goes on, but the theme of US disengaging as an interlocutor in the world community and instead speaking for itself, America First, as Trump would say, is everywhere.
That’s really important: Harris will be one of Trump’s top advisers on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, serving as an interlocutor between Washington, Seoul, and Pyongyang.
The Trump administration has pinned hopes on Saudi Arabia as a key interlocutor in any Mideast peace accord.
Fashion and religion are natural interlocutors: Both are systems of visual and metaphoric communication, born of our desire to transcend the quotidian and find larger meaning within a community.
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Did You Know?
Interlocutor derives from the Latin interloqui, meaning "to speak between" or "to issue an interlocutory decree." (An interlocutory decree is a court judgment that comes in the middle of a case and is not decisive.) Interloqui, in turn, ultimately comes from the words inter-, "between," and loqui, "to speak." Some other words that English borrowed from loqui are loquacious ("talkative"), circumlocution (essentially, "talking around a subject"), ventriloquism ("talking in such a way that one's voice seems to come from someone or something else"), eloquent ("capable of fluent or vivid speech"), and grandiloquence ("extravagant or pompous speech").
INTERLOCUTOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interlocutor for English Language Learners
: a person who is having a conversation with you
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