gift of tongues

noun phrase

: a divinely granted gift or talent identified by ecstatic, usually unintelligible speech see also tongue entry 1 sense 4c

Word History


from the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:1–13

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gift of tongues was in 1560

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“Gift of tongues.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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