colloquial

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
col•lo•qui•al /kəˈloʊkwiəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. characteristic of or suitable to familiar conversation, rather than formal writing;
    informal:colloquial style; colloquial expressions.
col•lo•qui•al•ly, adv. 
    colloquial, conversational, informal refer to types of speech or to usages that are not on a formal level. The word colloquial is often mistakenly used as if it had the sense of disapproval, or as if it referred to "vulgar'' or "bad'' or "incorrect'' usage, but it simply describes a casual or familiar style used in speaking and writing: colloquial expressions. conversational refers to a style used in speech, in simple meetings between two speakers: The newsletter was written in an easy conversational style. informal means without formality, without strict attention to set forms, and it describes the ordinary, everyday language of cultivated speakers: informal English.See -loq-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
col•lo•qui•al  (kə lōkwē əl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing;
    informal.
  2. involving or using conversation.
col•loqui•al•ly, adv. 
col•loqui•al•ness, col•lo′qui•ali•ty, n. 
  • colloquy + -al1 1745–55
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Colloquial, conversational, informal refer to types of speech or to usages not on a formal level.
      Colloquial is often mistakenly used with a connotation of disapproval, as if it meant "vulgar'' or "bad'' or "incorrect'' usage, whereas it is merely a familiar style used in speaking and writing.
      Conversational refers to a style used in the oral exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.:an easy conversational style.Informal means without formality, without strict attention to set forms, unceremonious:an informal manner of speaking;
      it describes the ordinary, everyday language of cultivated speakers.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged formal.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
colloquial /kəˈləʊkwɪəl/ adj
  1. of or relating to conversation
  2. denoting or characterized by informal or conversational idiom or vocabulary

colˈloquially adv colˈloquialness n
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