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polyglot

1polyglot

noun poly·glot \ˈpä-lē-ˌglät\

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

2polyglot
First Known Use: circa 1645

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

2polyglot

adjective

: 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

  1. a polyglot community made up of many cultures

Origin of POLYGLOT

Greek polyglōttos, from poly- + glōtta language — more at gloss
First Known Use: circa 1656

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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