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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Recent Examples of interlocutor from the Web
But Islamabad’s political pivot from Washington to Beijing, already its dominant investor and increasingly important global interlocutor, is hardly surprising, experts said.
Sweden has acted as an interlocutor between the United States and North Korea.
Since the Blair era, a lot of people had broadly accepted that the British and Irish governments could be useful, even productive interlocutors in the Northern Ireland peace process.
In many ways, Al Franken is the perfect interlocutor for this odd current moment, with its attendant Kathy Griffin press conferences and presidential gripes at Rosie O’Donnell and Onion headlines come true.
And Palestinians would begin to make the transition from hapless refugees in the 1940s and 1950s to terrorists and guerrillas during the 1960s and 1970s to political interlocutors by the 1980s.
On Tuesday, Trump will travel to Bethlehem to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a politician who is increasingly unpopular at home but still championed by foreign leaders as a key interlocutor for Mideast peace.
The great virtue of his book is that Baram lets his interlocutors speak for themselves.
Take this painful back-and-forth between the writer Mikki Kendall and several Filipino interlocutors.
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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").
Origin and Etymology of interlocutor
Latin interloqui to speak between, issue an interlocutory decree, from inter- + loqui to speak
First Known Use: 1514See Words from the same year
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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