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Definitions for colloquial
kəˈloʊ kwi əlcol·lo·qui·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colloquial, conversationaladjective

    characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

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

Wiktionary

  1. colloquialadjective

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

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

  2. colloquialadjective

    Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colloquialadjective

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

    Etymology: [See Colloqui.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colloquial in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colloquial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of colloquial in a Sentence

  1. Thornton Wilder:

    Many great writers have been extraordinarily awkward in daily exchange, but the greatest give the impression that their style was nursed by the closest attention to colloquial speech.

  2. Albert Watkins:

    A lot of these defendants — and I’m going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they’re all fu----- short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they’re fu----- retarded, they’re on the god---- spectrum, but they’re our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers — they’re part of our country.

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