bi·​lin·​gual | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈliŋ-gwəl How to pronounce bilingual (audio) also -gyə-wəl \

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

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Other Words from bilingual

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ramos is bilingual, which is a big plus whether patients visit in person or virtually in Fort Worth, Texas, where the population is more than 36% Hispanic. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Telehealth can be life-saving amid COVID-19, yet as virus rages, insurance companies look to scale back," 4 July 2020 Levis said his company does use bilingual U.S.-based servicers, including Reverse Mortgage Solutions in Houston. USA Today, "Hurricane fallout creates financial ruin for Puerto Rico's seniors with reverse mortgages," 2 July 2020 Andera declined to comment on the end of her career at the institute, which began in 1970 when she was hired as a bilingual tour guide. Deborah Martin,, "Most of staff at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio laid off, including Texas Folklife Festival director," 2 July 2020 The unfinished section serves as an open space for dialogue across racial, class and gender lines, says Heiman, who plans to use Behind My Mask on the university level to prepare his own students to go out in the field as bilingual teachers. Dallas News, "To show love amid COVID-19 fears, North Texas couple creates a bilingual book to help kids cope," 1 July 2020 The students, bilingual UCR medical and pre-med students and California Baptist physician assistant students, refer to the clinic, which is held the third Saturday of every month, as the Coachella Valley Free Clinic. Ann M. Cheney, The Conversation, "Rethinking what research means during a global pandemic," 26 June 2020 The bilingual radio host later moved back to Indianapolis and in 2015 became the host for Continental Broadcast Group's Radio Latina 107.1. Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star, "'La Chava de La Radio': Popular radio host Grisel Barajas killed in motorcycle accident," 16 June 2020 Interviews can sometimes take a couple of hours, even with bilingual health investigators. oregonlive, "One of Oregon’s biggest coronavirus outbreaks could take weeks to trace and contain," 12 June 2020 Following closely behind is Gonzalez’s sister who is currently studying to be a bilingual teacher at UHD. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "2020 spring graduates finish University of Houston-Downtown strong," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of bilingual

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bilingual

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

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The first known use of bilingual was in 1819

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7 Jul 2020

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“Bilingual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce bilingual (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bilingual

: able to speak and understand two languages
: using or expressed in two languages


bi·​lin·​gual | \ ˌbī-ˈliŋ-gwəl How to pronounce bilingual (audio) , -gyə-wəl \

Kids Definition of bilingual

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

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