What is the difference between informal and colloquial?

informal | colloquial |

Colloquial is a see also of informal.


As adjectives the difference between informal and colloquial

is that informal is not formal or ceremonious; casual while colloquial is (linguistics) denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal.

informal

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Not formal or ceremonious.
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  • Not in accord with the usual regulations.
  • Suited for everyday use.
  • (of language) Reflecting everyday, non-ceremonious usage.
  • (gardening) Not organized; not structured or planned.
  • Synonyms

    * (not formal or ceremonious) casual * (not in accord with the usual regulations) unofficial * (suited for everyday use) casual * colloquial

    Antonyms

    * formal

    Anagrams

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    colloquial

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (linguistics) Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal.
  • Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty.
  • Usage notes

    Note that while colloquy and colloquium refer to formal'' conversation, colloquial refers instead specifically to ''informal conversation.

    Synonyms

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    Derived terms

    * colloquialism * colloquially * colloquialness * colloquiality