Meaning of “small talk” in the English Dictionary

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"small talk" in British English

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small talknoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsmɔːl ˌtɔːk/ us /ˈsmɑːl ˌtɑːk/

conversation about things that are not important, often between people who do not know each other well:

I don't enjoy parties where I have to make small talk with complete strangers.

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

"small talk" in American English

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small talknoun [ U ]

/ˈsmɔl ˌtɔk/

social conversation about unimportant things, often between people who do not know each other well:

I hate conversation that is nothing but small talk.

(Definition of “small talk” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"small talk" in Business English

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small talknoun [ U ]

uk us

polite conversation about things that are not important, often between people who are meeting for the first time:

I soon learned how to make small talk with people at formal receptions.

(Definition of “small talk” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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