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 Ordovensky, USA Today, 16 Feb. 1994

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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 McGlone, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Mar. 2011

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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