Simple Definition of bilingual
: able to speak and understand two languages
: using or expressed in two languages
Full Definition of bilingual
1 : having or expressed in two languages <a bilingual document> <an officially bilingual nation>
2 : using or able to use two languages especially with equal fluency <bilingual in English and Japanese>
3 : of or relating to bilingual education
Examples of bilingual in a sentence
Several of the employees are bilingual.
He is bilingual in English and Japanese.
She grew up in a bilingual community.
The town has an excellent bilingual education program.
Origin of bilingual
Latin bilinguis, from bi- + lingua tongue — more at tongue
First Known Use: 1829
BILINGUAL Defined for Kids
Definition of bilingual for Students
1 : using or expressed in two languages <a bilingual dictionary>
2 : able to speak two languages
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