het·​ero·​glos·​sia ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈglä-sē-ə How to pronounce heteroglossia (audio)
: a diversity of voices, styles of discourse, or points of view in a literary work and especially a novel

Examples of heteroglossia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This example shows one kind of language at use–one part of the heteroglossia this student/speaker could have chosen to use. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, 6 Feb. 2007

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Word History


New Latin, from heter- + Greek glōssa tongue, language

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heteroglossia was in 1988

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“Heteroglossia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteroglossia. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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