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[in-ter-lok-yuh-ter] /ˌɪn tərˈlɒk yə tər/
a person who takes part in a conversation or dialogue.
the man in the middle of the line of performers in a minstrel troupe, who acts as the announcer and banters with the end men.
a person who questions; interrogator.
1505-15; < Latin interlocū-, variant stem of interloquī to speak between (inter- inter- + loquī to speak) + -tor Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interlocutor
  • They desire what they reject and are consequently unhappy with themselves as well as their interlocutor.
  • Your interlocutor may mistakenly equate today's online degrees with the seedy correspondence courses of yore.
  • At this point, the interlocutor would typically rush off, supposedly called back to the concerns of daily life.
  • My interlocutor tells me what is hidden inside, which might otherwise be overlooked.
  • We are far more likely to get two minutes from the networks, and that period could not accommodate an interlocutor.
  • It comes and goes, so quickly and without warning that it can leave an interlocutor confused and unsettled.
  • My interlocutor thought such a thing wasn't imminent, but remained in the realm of possibility.
  • Apparently, he and his interlocutor talked about art too much.
  • When she speaks, it's a process of showing and hiding so that her interlocutor can never quite get to know her.
  • And the degree to which your interlocutor believes in his position is neither here nor there.
British Dictionary definitions for interlocutor


a person who takes part in a conversation
Also called middleman. the man in the centre of a troupe of minstrels who engages the others in talk or acts as announcer
(Scots law) a decree by a judge
Derived Forms
interlocutress, interlocutrice, interlocutrix, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for interlocutor

1510s, agent noun from Latin interlocut-, past participle stem of interloqui "interrupt," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + loqui "to speak" (see locution). Related: Interlocutory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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