Definition of colloquy in US English:



  • 1formal A conversation.

    ‘they broke off their colloquy at once’
    ‘an evening of sophisticated colloquy’
    • ‘The domestic colloquies between Hector and his Andromache, the face-off between Hector and Achilles, and, above all, the nocturnal visit of Priam to the tent of Achilles gripped and touched the audience at the performance I attended.’
    • ‘Social occasions that involved the telling of supernatural tales were often forums for considering truth, or colloquies over the nature of reality, in which the validity of fairy beliefs was assessed and debated.’
    • ‘Our colloquy went on this way for two or three more rounds.’
    • ‘All right, governors, let me interrupt this interesting colloquy with a quick caller from Shelbyville, Tennessee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here is The Scotsman's account of the colloquy between George Galloway and Christopher Hitchens this morning, mentioned by commenter Kojo.’
    • ‘It is a discourse of engaged beholders - quite literally a colloquy of amateurs - and need be nothing more.’
    • ‘The whole colloquy can be found in Volume 2 of Orwell's ‘Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters.’’
    • ‘He engaged in a 30-minute colloquy with the judge which was entirely unscripted.’
    • ‘Since Marx and Engels never met or corresponded with George, the opportunity for a sustained colloquy between them never arose.’
    • ‘We then hold a brief colloquy on the meaning of the word ‘automatic’ and when she sticks to her ground, I demand to be passed to someone higher in rank at SBC.’
    • ‘A reasonable observer would no doubt conclude that the First Amendment was not meant to be a platform for ritually re-enacting Paul's colloquy with the Roman magistrate.’
    • ‘What I can't verify is the colloquy that took place later at the receiving hospital.’
    • ‘At times he seemed to be in a colloquy with his disciples, though sadly their questions were inaudible to us.’
    • ‘He had proposed a bipartisan colloquy, which would have carried more weight, but Republican leadership refused.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here's the way it works: Every so often, as I listen or otherwise get my tongue tied up in knots over you, you open your mouth and begin to talk back, thus beginning an amicable colloquy.’
    • ‘But again, if the subject is sensitive, the colloquy among the attorneys, prospective jurors, and judge can be held privately at the bench.’
    • ‘He may start nitpicking over virtually every script point, insisting on protracted creative colloquies with his director.’
    • ‘It is a depressing colloquy for anyone who believes that property rights are fundamental to liberty.’
    conversation, talk, communication, interchange, discourse, argument
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  • 2A gathering for discussion of theological questions.

    • ‘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.’
    meeting, assembly, gathering, conference, seminar, convention, convocation, congress, rally, council, symposium, conclave, congregation, synod, diet
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Late Middle English: from Latin colloquium ‘conversation’.