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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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  • They could scarcely have spoken a hundred words before their colloquy was at an end.

    Mr. Marx's Secret E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I was bored by the length of the colloquy, and sat down on the table swinging my legs.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • There are seventy-six lines (incomplete) beginning with the colloquy of Gunnar and Hogni.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • He did not invite his visitor to enter, and the colloquy between them was brief.

    The Crevice William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • Sam went to him: and the colloquy that ensued might be heard in the parlour.

    Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • And a bang of the window, as the head was withdrawn, finished the colloquy.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • So, the next morning after his colloquy with Eperson he walked out to the cabin the widow occupied near the home of Eperson.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • Powell did not know why it was he had resolved to keep his own counsel as to his colloquy with Mr. Smith.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • She was aware of Godolphin fretting at the colloquy he could not interrupt, and of Mrs. Harley prolonging it wilfully.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
  • Constance followed, and they held a colloquy with a bowing host.

    Jerry Jean Webster
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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