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

Simple Definition of bilingual

  • : able to speak and understand two languages

  • : using or expressed in two languages

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bilingual

  1. 1 :  having or expressed in two languages <a bilingual document> <an officially bilingual nation>

  2. 2 :  using or able to use two languages especially with equal fluency <bilingual in English and Japanese>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to bilingual education

bilingual

noun

bilingually

adverb

Examples of bilingual in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of bilingual

Latin bilinguis, from bi- + lingua tongue — more at tongue


First Known Use: 1829

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BILINGUAL Defined for Kids

bilingual

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

Definition of bilingual for Students

  1. 1 :  using or expressed in two languages <a bilingual dictionary>

  2. 2 :  able to speak two languages




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