Simple Definition of multilingual
: able to speak and understand several languages
: using or expressed in several languages
Full Definition of multilingual
1 : of, having, or expressed in several languages <a multilingual sign> <multilingual dictionaries>
2 : using or able to use several languages especially with equal fluency <multilingual translators>
multilingualismplay \-gwə-ˌli-zəm, -gyə-wə-\ noun
multilinguallyplay \-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.
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