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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.
Origin of interlocutor
1505-15; < Latin interlocū-, variant stem of interloquī to speak between (inter- inter- + loquī to speak) + -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It seems that my arguments are misrepresented by my interlocutors.
  • The key to this is an idea called linguistic co-ordination, in which speakers naturally copy the style of their interlocutors.
  • Let me expand on another point that has often been made: we'll never convince our interlocutors.
  • Things get heated, and you can't demand that your interlocutors be polite to you.
  • He had a habit of asking his interlocutors-and himself-a rhetorical question, then answering it.
  • Some objected to interviews in his books-to his sympathy with gays, to the occasionally rough language of his interlocutors.
  • But above all, he is a savant who can't hide his suspicion that he's smarter than his interlocutors.
  • At a news conference prior to one such concert he exhorted his interlocutors to open themselves to new sounds.
  • Invariably, my interlocutors would grow misty-eyed and nostalgic.
  • If your interlocutors think you're a typical impatient western tourist, they will exploit it.
British Dictionary definitions for interlocutors


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 interlocutors



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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