biliterate

adjective bi·lit·er·ate \ (ˌ)bī-ˈli-t(ə-)rət \

Definition of biliterate

:able to read and write two different languages
  • When they leave Lennox Elementary School District eight years later, more than 90% are bilingual, biliterate and, as Moffett puts it, “ready to succeed in the mainstream world of English only.”
  • —Pat OrdovenskyUSA Today16 Feb. 1994

biliteracy

\(ˌ)bī-ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē\ noun
    • A novel biliteracy program at the Sweetwater Union High School District is becoming more popular and is attracting the attention of a statewide education group that would like to see the effort expand elsewhere in California.
    • —Ashly McGloneSan Diego Union-Tribune4 Mar. 2011

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First Known Use of biliterate

1947


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