Meaning of “colloquialism” in the English Dictionary


"colloquialism" in English

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colloquialismnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈləʊ.kwi.ə.lɪ.zəm/ us /kəˈloʊ.kwi.ə.lɪ.zəm/

Examples from literature

  • A colloquialism in very frequent use. 
  • Bill mixed slang, the colloquialisms of the frontier, and the terminology of modern scientific thought with quaint impartiality. 
  • Examine the vocabulary for naturalness, colloquialism, and extraordinary occasional fitness of words. 
  • It has passed out of the stage of mere slang to become a "colloquialism." 
  • This is a colloquialism that should be avoided. 

(Definition of “colloquialism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)