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adjective bi·lin·gual \(ˌ)bī-ˈliŋ-gwəl also -gyə-wəl\

: 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
bilingual noun
bi·lin·gual·ly adverb
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Examples of BILINGUAL

  1. Several of the employees are bilingual.
  2. He is bilingual in English and Japanese.
  3. She grew up in a bilingual community.
  4. The town has an excellent bilingual education program.

Origin of BILINGUAL

Latin bilinguis, from bi- + lingua tongue — more at tongue
First Known Use: 1829

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym
BILINGUALLY Defined for Kids

bilingual

adjective bi·lin·gual \ˌbī-ˈliŋ-gwəl, -gyə-wəl\

Definition of BILINGUAL for Kids

1
:  using or expressed in two languages <a bilingual dictionary>
2
:  able to speak two languages

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