Interlocutor vs Mediator - What's the difference?

interlocutor | mediator |

As nouns the difference between interlocutor and mediator

is that interlocutor is a person who takes part in dialogue or conversation or interlocutor can be (scotland|legal) a decree of a court while mediator is mediator.


Alternative forms

* interlocutour (obsolete)

Etymology 1

A noun-form of (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (legal) An interlocutory judgement or sentence.
  • Synonyms

    * (A person who takes part in dialogue or conversation) converser, conversationalist

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) interlocutoire, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (Scotland, legal) 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.



    Alternative forms

    * mediatour (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • One who negotiates between parties seeking mutual agreement
  • Synonyms

    * negotiator