con·​lang ˈkän-ˌlaŋ How to pronounce conlang (audio)
: an invented language intended for human communication that has planned and cohesive phonological, grammatical, and syntactical systems
Celebrated with a cult-following across the globe, Elvish, a constructed language or 'conlang,' is more than a code, like Pig Latin, … . Constructed languages like Elvish are real languages, made-up of thousands of words created by fantasy writers, linguists and fans, with real language rules.John McWhorter
conlanger noun

Examples of conlang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in turn, enjoyment can arise even without a technically sophisticated conlang. Matteo Wong, The Atlantic, 31 Dec. 2022

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Word History


constructed language

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conlang was in 1991

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Cite this Entry

“Conlang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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