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Wednesday, August 18, 1999

Definitions for colloquial

  1. Characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation; "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"; "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of colloquial English"; hence, unstudied; informal; as, colloquial phrases; a colloquial style.

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Citations for colloquial
To use a colloquial phrase, such one's heart good. Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
The abandonment of...poetic diction for the colloquial language of real life. John Richard Green,
Origin of colloquial
Colloquial is from the Latin colloquium, a conversation, from col- (com-), with, together + loquor, loqui, to speak.