basilect

noun
basi·​lect | \ ˈbazə̇ˌlekt, ˈbāzə̇-, -sə̇- \
plural -s

Definition of basilect

: the least prestigious language variety of a community — compare acrolect

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Other Words from basilect

basilectal \ ˌ⸗⸗ˈlektᵊl \ adjective

First Known Use of basilect

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basilect

basi- + -lect (as in dialect)

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“Basilect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basilect. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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