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[kuh-loh-kwee-uh-liz-uh m] /kəˈloʊ kwi əˌlɪz əm/
a colloquial expression.
colloquial style or usage.
1800-10; colloquial + -ism
Related forms
colloquialist, noun Unabridged
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Examples for colloquialisms
  • colloquialisms that would be charming once become grating and lazy when you meet them page after page.
  • The different colloquialisms that develop are purely locale-based and there's nothing officialdom can do about it.
  • Many colloquialisms are almost by definition clichés as well, so they can lower the tone without necessarily freshening the story.
  • Students will recognize how colloquialisms and jargon reflect context, regions and cultures.
  • If workers are from different backgrounds, avoid colloquialisms to make the leaflet understandable to all.
  • colloquialisms and slang expressions should be removed from specifications.
  • Most people use a lot of colloquialisms for a start, and these are often smart and witty.
  • Choose commonly used, familiar words, but avoid colloquialisms and slang.
  • Do not use unfamiliar words, colloquialisms or words which are ambiguous.
  • It is not simply intoxicating colloquialisms and fancy labels.
British Dictionary definitions for colloquialisms


a word or phrase appropriate to conversation and other informal situations
the use of colloquial words and phrases
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for colloquialisms
1810, "a colloquial word or phrase," from colloquial + -ism.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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