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multilingual

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adjective mul·ti·lin·gual \-ˈliŋ-gwəl, -ˈliŋ-gyə-wəl\

Simple Definition of multilingual

  • : able to speak and understand several languages

  • : using or expressed in several languages

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of multilingual

  1. 1 :  of, having, or expressed in several languages <a multilingual sign> <multilingual dictionaries>

  2. 2 :  using or able to use several languages especially with equal fluency <multilingual translators>

multilingualism

play \-gwə-ˌli-zəm, -gyə-wə-\ noun

multilingually

play \-gwə-lē, -gyə-wə-lē\ adverb

Did You Know?

The roots of multilingual come from Latin. If you happen to prefer Greek, use the synonym polyglot, in which poly- has the same meaning as multi-, and -glot means the same thing as -lingual. The best way to become multilingual is probably to be born in a bilingual (two-language) household; learning those first two seems to give the mind the kind of exercise that makes later language-learning easy.

1838

First Known Use of multilingual

1838


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