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Etymology 1Edit

A noun-form of Latin interloquor (speak between, issue an interlocutory decree), from inter- + loquor (speak).


interlocutor (plural interlocutors)

  1. A person who takes part in dialogue or conversation.
    • 1894, Calvin Thomas, "The Teacher's Outfit in German," The School Review, vol. 2, no. 7, p. 406,
      Explanations which continually remind one's interlocutor of one's ignorance are a great damper upon the easy flow of talk.
  2. A man in the middle of the line in a minstrel show who questions the end men and acts as leader.
    • 1991, Maureen Costonis, "Martha Graham's American Document: A Minstrel Show in Modern Dance Dress," American Music, vol. 9, no. 3, p. 299,
      The "interlocutor" greeted the audience and engaged in comical repartee with the "end men," named Tambo and Bones.
  3. (law) An interlocutory judgement or sentence.


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Etymology 2Edit

From French interlocutoire, from Latin interlocūtōrium.


interlocutor (plural interlocutors)

  1. (Scotland, law) A decree of a court.
    • 1869, "The Judicial System of Scotland," The American Law Register (1852-1891), vol. 17, no. 5, p. 257,
      A decree of the English Court of Chancery is not entitled to more respect in Scotland than a decree (interlocutor) of the Scottish Court of Session in England.



interlocutor m (plural interlocutores, feminine interlocutora, feminine plural interlocutoras)

  1. interlocutor (a person who takes part in dialogue or conversation)



interlocutor m (plural interlocutores, feminine interlocutora)

  1. interlocutor
    • 1975, Jorge Luis Borges, The Book of Sand, "The Other", p. 19:
      Los dos mentíamos y cada cual sabía que su interlocutor estaba mintiendo.
      We were both lying and each one of us knew that his interlocutor was lying.
  2. negotiator
    • 2009 June 10, “Gadafi levanta una tienda en Roma”, in BBC Mundo[1]:
      Gadafi recibirá a sus interlocutores en una carpa de estilo beduino...
      Gadafi will receive his negotiators with a Bedouin-style carpet...