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colloquialism

[kuh-loh-kwee-uh-liz-uh m] /kəˈloʊ kwi əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
a colloquial expression.
2.
colloquial style or usage.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; colloquial + -ism
Related forms
colloquialist, noun
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Examples from the web for colloquialism
  • Define the words: quote, idiom, colloquialism if needed.
  • If using a colloquialism is absolutely unavoidable, set it out in quote marks, then define it for good measure.
  • But that's the one where it gets kind of tricky though, and huddles kind of becomes a colloquialism for brief for some reason.
British Dictionary definitions for colloquialism

colloquialism

/kəˈləʊkwɪəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a word or phrase appropriate to conversation and other informal situations
2.
the use of colloquial words and phrases
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Word Origin and History for colloquialism
n.

1810, "a colloquial word or phrase," from colloquial + -ism.

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