from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Speech between two or more persons; conversation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Discussion or conversation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Interchange of speech; dialogue; conversation; conference.
  • n. An intermediate act or decree before final decision.
  • n. Hence, intermediate argument or discussion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Interchange of speech; alternation in speaking; dialogue.
  • n. Intermediate discussion or argument; in law, an intermediate act or decree before final decision.


Latin interlocūtiō, interlocūtiōn-, from interlocūtus, past participle of interloquī, to interrupt : inter-, inter- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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