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n. pl. col·lo·quies
1. A conversation, especially a formal one.
2. A written dialogue.

[From Latin colloquium, conversation; see colloquium.]

col′lo·quist (-kwĭst) n.


n, pl -quies
1. a formal conversation or conference
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a literary work in dialogue form
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an informal conference on religious or theological matters
[C16: from Latin colloquium from colloquī to talk with, from com- together + loquī to speak]
ˈcolloquist n


(ˈkɒl ə kwi)

n., pl. -quies.
1. a dialogue.
2. a conference.
[1555–65; < Latin colloquium]
col′lo•quist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colloquy - a conversation especially a formal one
group discussion, conference - a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
2.colloquy - formal conversation
conversation - the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.


Spoken exchange:
Informal: confab.
Slang: jaw.


[ˈkɒləkwɪ] Ncoloquio m


n (form)Gespräch nt; (Liter) → Dialog m; in colloquyim Gespräch
References in classic literature ?
Such colloquies have occupied many a pair of pale-faced weavers, whose unnurtured souls have been like young winged things, fluttering forsaken in the twilight.
The mother of Elizabeth was an Episcopalian, as indeed, was the mother of the Judge himself; and the good taste of Marmaduke revolted at the familiar colloquies which the leaders of the conferences held with the Deity, in their nightly meetings.
To this we may ascribe many of their whimsical pranks and absurd propositions, and, above all, their mysterious colloquies in Gaelic.
Prince Andrew listened attentively to Bagration's colloquies with the commanding officers and the orders he gave them and, to his surprise, found that no orders were really given, but that Prince Bagration tried to make it appear that everything done by necessity, by accident, or by the will of subordinate commanders was done, if not by his direct command, at least in accord with his intentions.
They are not exhalations like our daily colloquies and vaporous breath.
Many were the colloquies into which Sam entered with grooms who were airing horses on roads, and nursemaids who were airing children in lanes; but nothing could Sam elicit from either the first-mentioned or the last, which bore the slightest reference to the object of his artfully-prosecuted inquiries.
Southey's October 1828 Quarterly paper on Catholic emancipation came too late to influence Wellington (166-67), as did both Coleridge's Church and State (1830) and Southey's Colloquies on Society (1829).
That resulted in a joint committee which submitted two proposed colloquies to the court, one from the committee and one from the conference.
In these nineteen colloquies, optimism is tinged with regret.