adjective \(ˌ)bī-ˈliŋ-gwəl also -gyə-wəl\

: able to speak and understand two languages

: using or expressed in two languages

Full Definition of BILINGUAL

:  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

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.


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

Other Language Terms

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