adjective bi·lin·gual \(ˌ)bī-ˈliŋ-gwəl also -gyə-wəl\
: able to speak and understand two languages
: using or expressed in two languages
: having or expressed in two languages <a bilingual document> <an officially bilingual nation>
: using or able to use two languages especially with equal fluency <bilingual in English and Japanese>
: of or relating to bilingual education
— bilingual noun
— bi·lin·gual·ly adverb
defined for English-language learners
Examples of BILINGUAL
- 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
tongue — more at tongue
First Known Use: 1829
: using or expressed in two languages <a bilingual dictionary>
: able to speak two languages
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