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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 sentiments...do 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
1745-1755
Colloquial is from the Latin colloquium, a conversation, from col- (com-), with, together + loquor, loqui, to speak.