A colloquy is a formal talk, the opposite of a chat, such as the colloquy you have with your boss about a serious matter — far different from how you'll talk to your friends about it afterward.

To correctly pronounce colloquy, accent the first syllable: "KOLL uh kwee." The word comes from the Latin prefix com-, meaning "together," and loquium, meaning "speaking." That adds up to "speaking together." You probably recognize loqui, meaning "to speak," in words like locution and colloquial, which also involve speaking.

Definitions of colloquy
  1. noun
    formal conversation
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    type of:
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
  2. noun
    a conversation especially a formal one
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    type of:
    conference, group discussion
    a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
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