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From Latin colloquium(conversation),[1] from com-(together, with) (English com-) + form of loquor(speak) (from which English locution and other words).[2]



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colloquy (plural colloquies)

  1. A conversation or dialogue. [from 16th c.]
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      And she repeated the free caress into which her colloquies with Maisie almost always broke and which made the child feel that her affection at least was a gage of safety.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 1/1/2, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      House Prees and Bloods [] were everywhere to be seen in earnest colloquy. For the matter was, that there was some sort of night-prowler about the school grounds.
  2. (obsolete) A formal conference. [16th-17th c.]
  3. (Christianity) A church court held by certain Reformed denominations. [from 17th c.]
  4. A written discourse. [from 18th c.]
  5. (law) A discussion during a trial in which a judge ensures that the defendant understands what is taking place in the trial and what their rights are.
    • 1999, H. L. Pohlman, The Whole Truth?: A Case of Murder on the Appalachian Trail, ISBN 1-55849-165-1, page 193:
      At the end of the colloquy, Judge Spicer asked Carr whether anyone had "pressured" him into accepting the deal.


  • (a conversation of multiple people): soliloquy


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  1. ^ colloquy” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  2. ^ colloquy”, in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–.