Definition of polyglot
1 : one who is polyglot
2 capitalized : a book containing versions of the same text in several languages; especially : the Scriptures in several languages
3 : a mixture or confusion of languages or nomenclatures
Origin of polyglot
First Known Use: circa 1645
Rhymes with polyglot
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Simple Definition of polyglot
: knowing or using several languages
: made up of people or things from different cultures, countries, etc.
Full Definition of polyglot
1 a : speaking or writing several languages : multilingual b : composed of numerous linguistic groups <a polyglot population>
2 : containing matter in several languages <a polyglot sign>
3 : composed of elements from different languages
4 : widely diverse (as in ethnic or cultural origins) <a polyglot cuisine>
Examples of polyglot in a sentence
a polyglot community made up of many cultures
Did You Know?
You've probably run across the prefix poly- before-it comes from Greek and means "many" or "multi-." But what about glot? That part of the word comes from the Greek term glōtta, meaning "language" or "tongue." (Glōtta is also the source of glottis, the word for the space between the vocal cords.) Polyglot itself entered English in the 17th century, both as an adjective and as a noun meaning "one who can write or speak several languages." You could call the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V a polyglot. He claimed that he addressed his horse only in German, he conversed with women in Italian and with men in French, but reserved Spanish for his talks with God.
Origin of polyglot
Greek polyglōttos, from poly- + glōtta language — more at gloss
First Known Use: circa 1656
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