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English definition of “colloquial”


adjective uk   /kəˈləʊ.kwi.əl/ us    /-ˈloʊ-/
(of words and expressions) informal and more suitable for use in speech than in writing: colloquial speechLinguistic terms and linguistic style
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
Linguistic terms and linguistic style
(Definition of colloquial from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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