Colloquial definition

kə-lōkwē-əl
The definition of colloquial refers to words or expressions used in ordinary language by common people.

An example of colloquial is casual conversation where some slang terms are used and where no attempt is made at being formal.

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Relating to conversation; conversational.
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Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty.
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(linguistics) Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal.
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Characteristic of or appropriate to the spoken language or to writing that seeks the effect of speech; informal.
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Having to do with or like conversation; conversational.
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Origin of colloquial

  • From colloquy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1751, from earlier term colloquy (a conversation), from Latin colloquium (conference, conversation), from con- (together) + loqui (speak).

    From Wiktionary