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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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Her colloquy with Judge Pyncheon, who so perfectly represented the person and attributes of the founder of the family, had called back the dreary past.
She had wandered, without rule or guidance, in a moral wilderness, as vast, as intricate, and shadowy as the untamed forest, amid the gloom of which they were now holding a colloquy that was to decide their fate.
The colloquy which followed was brief and to the point:
During this brief colloquy, Eliza had been taking her leave of her kind friend, Rachel, and was handed into the carriage by Simeon, and, creeping into the back part with her boy, sat down among the buffalo-skins.
I never spoke to it, and it never spoke to me, in words; but I read its eyes, and it read mine; and our speechless colloquy was to this effect -
answered Cedric impatiently, and would probably have proceeded in the same tone of total departure from his spiritual character, when the colloquy was interrupted by the harsh voice of Urfried, the old crone of the turret.
Then I am off for him," said Sancho; and leaving his master he went in quest of the bachelor, with whom he returned in a short time, and, all three together, they had a very droll colloquy.
I had been standing behind him during this colloquy.
The pretty Madeleine, who had approached during this colloquy, stepped back and turned pale as death on hearing Porthos's words, for she thought the scene with the Swiss was about to be repeated.
The last man whom I favored with a colloquy was that stout old republican, Samuel Adams.
Departure from Fort Osage Modes of transportation Pack- horses Wagons Walker and Cerre; their characters Buoyant feelings on launching upon the prairies Wild equipments of the trappers Their gambols and antics Difference of character between the American and French trappers Agency of the Kansas General Clarke White Plume, the Kansas chief Night scene in a trader's camp Colloquy between White Plume and the captain Bee- hunters Their expeditions Their feuds with the Indians Bargaining talent of White Plume
I had forgotten both points, or, rather, our colloquy had been so brief that I had not had time to bring them forward; moreover, I had not half tested her powers of speaking English; all I had drawn from her in that language were the words "Yes," and "Thank you, sir.