bi·​lin·​gual (ˌ)bī-ˈliŋ-gwəl How to pronounce bilingual (audio)
 also  -gyə-wəl
: having or expressed in two languages
a bilingual document
an officially bilingual nation
: using or able to use two languages especially with equal fluency
bilingual in English and Japanese
: of or relating to bilingual education
bilingual noun
bilingually adverb

Examples of bilingual in a Sentence

Several of the employees are bilingual. He is bilingual in English and Japanese. She grew up in a bilingual community. The town has an excellent bilingual education program.
Recent Examples on the Web The series will be bilingual in English and Spanish. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 9 July 2024 The untitled series, which will be bilingual, is produced by Longoria’s Hyphenate Media Group, McElhenney’s More Better Productions, Reynolds’ Maximum Effort Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment; the latter three are also behind Welcome to Wrexham. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 July 2024 The endearing, bilingual dramedy marks Longoria’s first time acting in Spanish. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2024 In an interview last month, Marie Mendoza, executive director of Fort Worth ISD’s emergent bilingual department, said newcomers — English learners who have recently immigrated to the United States — make up a small but growing share of the district’s emergent bilingual population. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for bilingual 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bilingual was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Bilingual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


bi·​lin·​gual (ˌ)bī-ˈliŋ-g(yə-)wəl How to pronounce bilingual (audio)
: of, expressed in, or using two languages
a bilingual dictionary
: able to use two languages especially with fluency

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