One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation.
- ‘The researchers constructed hypothetical conversations that differed in terms of their interlocutors, place, and topic.’
- ‘But that's not what my interlocutors, particularly the German ones, really want.’
- ‘This is why the current engagement between my interlocutors and myself is particularly valuable.’
- ‘This is the response I wrote to one of my interlocutors in the comments.’
- ‘All of these narratives unfold partly as dialogues with what seem to be sympathetic but ineffectual interlocutors, perhaps lawyers.’
Early 16th century: modern Latin, from Latin interlocut- ‘interrupted (by speech)’, from the verb interloqui, from inter- ‘between’ + loqui ‘speak’.
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