bilingualism

noun
bi·​lin·​gual·​ism | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈliŋ-gwə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce bilingualism (audio) \

Definition of bilingualism

1 : the ability to speak two languages
2 : the frequent use (as by a community) of two languages
3 : the political or institutional recognition of two languages

Examples of bilingualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent studies have shown that bilingualism may help prevent or delay the onset of dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Dallas News, "Private schools prepare students to be productive global citizens of the 21st century," 2 Oct. 2020 As for Babel, Schlesinger writes quite a bit in Disuniting about English and bilingualism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 31 Aug. 2020 Recognizing the benefits of bilingualism, private schools often place great emphasis on the study of foreign languages. Dallas News, "Private schools prepare students to be productive global citizens of the 21st century," 2 Oct. 2020 As for Babel, Schlesinger writes quite a bit in Disuniting about English and bilingualism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 31 Aug. 2020 As for Babel, Schlesinger writes quite a bit in Disuniting about English and bilingualism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 31 Aug. 2020 As for Babel, Schlesinger writes quite a bit in Disuniting about English and bilingualism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 31 Aug. 2020 As for Babel, Schlesinger writes quite a bit in Disuniting about English and bilingualism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 31 Aug. 2020 As for Babel, Schlesinger writes quite a bit in Disuniting about English and bilingualism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bilingualism

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Bilingualism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilingualism. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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