Colloquial meaning

kə-lō'kwē-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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(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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Relating to conversation; conversational.
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Having to do with or like conversation; conversational.
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Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty.
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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