noun plural but singular in construction lin·guis·tics \liŋ-ˈgwis-tiks\

: the study of language and of the way languages work

Full Definition of LINGUISTICS

:  the study of human speech including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language

First Known Use of LINGUISTICS

circa 1837

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cognate, collocation, homonym
LINGUISTICS Defined for Kids


noun lin·guis·tics \liŋ-ˈgwis-tiks\

Definition of LINGUISTICS for Kids

:  the study of human speech including the nature, structure, and development of language or of a language or group of languages


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