interlocutor

noun in·ter·loc·u·tor \ ˌin-tər-ˈlä-kyə-tər \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of interlocutor

1 : one who takes part in dialogue or conversation
2 : a man in the middle of the line in a minstrel show who questions the end men and acts as leader

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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").

Origin and Etymology of interlocutor

Latin interloqui to speak between, issue an interlocutory decree, from inter- + loqui to speak

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INTERLOCUTOR Defined for English Language Learners

interlocutor

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Definition of interlocutor for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is having a conversation with you


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