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[kol-uh-kwee] /ˈkɒl ə kwi/
noun, plural colloquies.
a conversational exchange; dialogue.
a conference.
Origin of colloquy
1555-65; < Latin colloquium colloquium
Related forms
colloquist, noun Unabridged
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  • When my husband bent down to pick them up the following colloquy ensued.
  • He eavesdropped on the secret colloquy of my vital organs.
  • Sometimes the colloquy seemed positively hair-splitting.
  • Moreover, it highly doubtful that the jury would have construed this colloquy as an effort to suppress evidence from their view.
  • One purpose of the colloquy is for the court to provide the required information to the defendant.
  • The defendant's motions were addressed and denied after the following colloquy with the defendant.
  • The second obstacle is the extensive plea colloquy required of circuit courts.
  • Thus, relevant conduct beyond what a defendant may admit during a plea colloquy may factor into the sentencing calculus.
British Dictionary definitions for colloquy


noun (pl) -quies
a formal conversation or conference
a literary work in dialogue form
an informal conference on religious or theological matters
Derived Forms
colloquist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin colloquium from colloquī to talk with, from com- together + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for colloquy

mid-15c., "discourse," from Latin colloquium "conference, conversation," literally "a speaking together," from com- "together" (see com-) + -loquium "speaking," from loqui "to speak" (see locution). Meaning "conversation" is attested in English from 1580s.

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