Definition of colloquy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒləkwi/

noun (plural colloquies)

1 formal A conversation: they broke off their colloquy at once [mass noun]: he found her in earnest colloquy with the postman
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  • It is a discourse of engaged beholders - quite literally a colloquy of amateurs - and need be nothing more.
  • Oddly, as Hewitt and Garrett continue their colloquy, they seem to expose the threadbare nature of the story, except that they manage not to notice.
  • It wasn't till 1968, on the floor of the fractious Democratic convention, that the two finally came face to face; and the colloquy was as civilized as you'd expect.
2A gathering for discussion of theological questions: students attend colloquies and seminars in their chosen fields of study
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  • The seventeen essays presented here follow up that volume with contributions from archaeologists, classicists, ancient historians, and New Testament scholars, all presented at a colloquy held at Bright Divinity School.
  • Shattering progressives' preconception that the evangelical Christian world is monolithic, Christian intellectuals, in this small microcosm, are engaged in a heated colloquy over the relationship of learning to faith.


Late Middle English: from Latin colloquium 'conversation'.

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