is a term in descriptive linguistics for the customary association of words with other words. A bystander is usually said to be innocent, consequences are often far-reaching, and politicians are cautiously optimistic. For some reason, Catholics are described as devout whereas Protestants are staunch. Other aspects of collocation include the function words needed to complete the sense of other words (e.g agree + with or to or on) and the typical order of words, as in fish and chips and spick and span, neither of which can normally be reversed.

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  • collocation — [ kɔlɔkasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIVe; lat. collocatio « placement » → colloquer 1 ♦ (1690) Dr. Classement des créanciers dans l ordre que le juge a assigné pour leur paiement. Par ext. Classement. 2 ♦ Région. (Belgique) Dr. Internement, emprisonnement …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • collocation — COLLOCATION. sub. fém. Terme de Pratique. Action par laquelle on range des créanciers dans l ordre suivant lequel ils doivent être payés. On a fait la collocation de ses créanciers. [b]f♛/b] On appelle Collocation utile, Une collocation pour le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Collocation — Col lo*ca tion, n. [L. collocatio.] 1. The act of placing; the state of being placed with something else; disposition in place; arrangement. [1913 Webster] The choice and collocation of words. Sir W. Jones. [1913 Webster] 2. (Linguistics) a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • collocation — Collocation. s. f. v. Action par laquelle on colloque des creanciers en ordre pour estre payez. On a fait la collocation de ces creanciers. Il signifie aussi, L ordre, le rang dans lequel chaque creancier est colloqué. Il a esté payé suivant sa… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Collocation — (v. lat.), 1) Stellung; 2) im Concurs Anordnung der Reihe der Gläubiger, nach welcher solche ihre Befriedigung aus dem Vermögen des Gemeinschuldners erhalten sollen; angegeben in dem Collocationsurtel; vgl. Concurs; 3) Verheirathung, Ausstattung; …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • collocation — index arrangement (ordering), array (order), building (business of assembling), chamber (body), collection ( …   Law dictionary

  • collocation — mid 15c., from L. collocationem (nom. collocatio), noun of action from collocare (see COLLOCATE (Cf. collocate)). Linguistics sense is attested from 1940 …   Etymology dictionary

  • collocation — ► NOUN 1) the habitual occurrence of a word with another word or words with a frequency greater than chance. 2) a word or group of words that habitually occur together (e.g. heavy drinker). ORIGIN Latin, from collocare place together …   English terms dictionary

  • collocation — [käl΄ə kā′shən] n. [L collocatio] a collocating or being collocated; specif., an arrangement, as of words in a sentence …   English World dictionary

  • Collocation — This article is about the corpus linguistics notion. For other uses, see Colocation (disambiguation). In corpus linguistics, collocation defines a sequence of words or terms that co occur more often than would be expected by chance. In… …   Wikipedia

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