Essential Meaning of language
1 : the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other spoken and written language the origin of language
2 : any one of the systems of human language that are used and understood by a particular group of people the English language How many languages do you speak? See More Examplesa foreign language French is her first/native language. The book has been translated into several languages. He's learning English as a second language. After a few days in France, I realized that I didn't know the language [=I didn't know the French language] as well as I had thought. a new word that has recently entered the language a language instructor/teacher foreign language classes A language barrier existed between the two countries. [=people in the two countries did not understand each other because they spoke different languages]
3 : words of a particular kind the formal language of the report the beauty of Shakespeare's language See More ExamplesShe expressed her ideas using simple and clear language. He is always careful in his use of language. bad/foul/obscene/strong/vulgar language You'd better watch your language [=be careful about the words you use] when you're talking to her.
Full Definition of language
1a : the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a community studied the French language
b(1) : audible, articulate, meaningful sound as produced by the action of the vocal organs
(2) : a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings the language of mathematics
(3) : the suggestion by objects, actions, or conditions of associated ideas or feelings language in their very gesture— William Shakespeare
(4) : the means by which animals communicate the language of birds
(5) : a formal system of signs and symbols (such as FORTRAN or a calculus in logic) including rules for the formation and transformation of admissible expressions
(6) : machine language sense 1
2a : form or manner of verbal expression specifically : style the beauty of Shakespeare's language
b : the vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or a department of knowledge the language of diplomacy medical language
c : profanity shouldn't of blamed the fellers if they'd cut loose with some language— Ring Lardner
3 : the study of language especially as a school subject earned a grade of B in language
4 : specific words especially in a law or regulation The police were diligent in enforcing the language of the law.
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