diglossia

noun di·glos·sia \ dī-ˈglä-sē-ə , -ˈglȯ- \

Definition of diglossia

:the use of two varieties of the same language in different social contexts throughout a speech community
  • A key defining characteristic of diglossia is that the two varieties are kept quite apart functionally. One is used in one set of circumstances and the other in an entirely different set.
  • —Ronald Wardhaugh

diglossic

play \dī-ˈglä-sik, -ˈglȯ-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of diglossia

di- + Greek glôssa "tongue, language" + 1-ia


Medical Dictionary

diglossia

noun di·glos·sia \ dī-ˈgläs-ē-ə \

medical Definition of diglossia

:the condition of having the tongue bifid

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