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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
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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.
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That resulted in a joint committee which submitted two proposed colloquies to the court, one from the committee and one from the conference.
Part II discusses the underlying purposes of plea colloquies and contends that they are best achieved by giving district courts the discretion to compel attendance.
In these nineteen colloquies, optimism is tinged with regret.