bilingual

adjective bi·lin·gual \ (ˌ)bī-ˈliŋ-gwəl also -gyə-wəl \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of bilingual

1 : having or expressed in two languages
  • a bilingual document
  • an officially bilingual nation
2 : using or able to use two languages especially with equal fluency
  • bilingual in English and Japanese
3 : of or relating to bilingual education

bilingual

noun

bilingually

adverb

Examples of bilingual in a Sentence

  1. Several of the employees are bilingual.

  2. He is bilingual in English and Japanese.

  3. She grew up in a bilingual community.

  4. The town has an excellent bilingual education program.

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Origin and Etymology of bilingual

Latin bilinguis, from bi- + lingua tongue — more at tongue

Other Language Terms


BILINGUAL Defined for English Language Learners

bilingual

adjective

Definition of bilingual for English Language Learners

  • : able to speak and understand two languages

  • : using or expressed in two languages


BILINGUAL Defined for Kids

bilingual

adjective bi·lin·gual \ ˌbī-ˈliŋ-gwəl , -gyə-wəl \

Definition of bilingual for Students

1 : using or expressed in two languages
  • a bilingual dictionary
2 : able to speak two languages

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