An example of a conversation is two friends talking while having coffee together.
- the act or an instance of talking together; specif.,
- familiar talk; verbal exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.
- an informal conference on a problem or area of interest by representatives of governments, factions, etc.
- sexual intercourse: now only in the legal phrase criminal conversation, i.e., adultery as grounds for divorce or other action
- Archaic manner of living; behavior
- Obs. social intercourse
- Obs. familiarity based on study or use
Origin of conversationMiddle English conversacioun ; from Old French conversation ; from Classical Latin conversatio ; from past participle of conversari: see converse
- The exchange of thoughts and feelings by means of speech or sign language: gifted in the art of conversation.
- An instance of this: held a long conversation on the subject.
- Expression and exchange of individual ideas through talking with other people; also, a set instance or occasion of such talking. [from 16th c.]
- I had an interesting conversation with Nicolas yesterday about how much he's getting paid.
- (fencing) The back-and-forth play of the blades in a bout.
- (archaic) Behaviour, the way one conducts oneself; a person's way of life. [from 14th c.]
- 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 333:
- The landlady therefore would by no means have admitted any conversation of a disreputable kind to pass under her roof.
- (computing) The protocol-based interaction between systems processing a transaction.
- To make conversation means to start a conversation with someone with no other aim than to talk and break the silence.
- To have a conversation, and to hold a conversation, both mean to converse.
- See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take
(third-person singular simple present conversations, present participle conversationing, simple past and past participle conversationed)
- (nonstandard, intransitive) To engage in conversation (with).
From Old French conversation, from Latin conversātiōnem, accusative singular of conversātiō (“conversation”), from conversor (“abide, keep company with”).