Definitions for colloquialkəˈloʊ kwi əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

col•lo•qui•al*kəˈloʊ kwi əl(adj.)

  1. characteristic of or suitable to ordinary or familiar conversation or writing rather than formal speech or writing; informal.

  2. involving or using conversation.

* Syn: colloquial , conversational , informal refer to types of speech or to usages that are not on a formal level. colloquial is often mistakenly used with a connotation of disapproval, as if it meant “vulgar” or “bad” or “incorrect” usage, whereas it merely describes a casual or familiar style used in speaking and writing: colloquial expressions. conversational refers to a style used in the oral exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.: The newsletter was written in an easy conversational style.informal means without formality, without strict attention to set forms, unceremonious; it describes the ordinary, everyday language of cultivated speakers: informal English.

Origin of colloquial:

1745–55; colloquy+-al1



Princeton's WordNet

  1. colloquial, conversational(adj)

    characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

    "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"; "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of conversational English"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. colloquial(adjective)əˈloʊ kwi əl

    (of language) informal, used in spoken language

    a colloquial expression


  1. colloquial(Adjective)

    Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal.

  2. colloquial(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty.

  3. Origin: 1751, from earlier term colloquy (a conversation), from colloquium (conference, conversation), from con- (together) + loqui (speak).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colloquial(adj)

    pertaining to, or used in, conversation, esp. common and familiar conversation; conversational; hence, unstudied; informal; as, colloquial intercourse; colloquial phrases; a colloquial style

Translations for colloquial

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of or used in everyday informal, especially spoken, language

a colloquial expression.

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