lin·​guis·​tic | \ liŋ-ˈgwi-stik How to pronounce linguistic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly linguistical \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce linguistical (audio) \

Definition of linguistic

: of or relating to language or linguistics linguistic scholars linguistic changes

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Other Words from linguistic

linguistically \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce linguistically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for linguistic


lexical, rhetorical (also rhetoric), verbal, vocabular, wordy


nonlexical, nonlinguistic, nonverbal

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Examples of linguistic in a Sentence

the age at which children begin to acquire linguistic skills

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As a longtime critic of the practice of evicting ethnic groups from different parts of the country, Ahmed has suggested establishing a council of experts to study the federal arrangement, which is designed according to ethnic and linguistic lines. Yohannes Y. Gedamu, Washington Post, "Did someone try to assassinate Ethiopia’s new prime minister? Here’s what you need to know.," 26 June 2018 Narva’s residents may have cultural, historical and linguistic ties to Moscow, but few of them want to live in Russia. The Economist, "Estonia gets creative about integrating local Russian-speakers," 10 May 2018 Reiner Stach, the author of a three-volume biography of Kafka, published an op-ed in Berlin’s Tagesspiegel arguing that the Israeli institution lacked the linguistic and cultural knowledge to handle the papers appropriately. Ruth Franklin, WSJ, "‘Kafka’s Last Trial’ Review: A Genius Nowhere at Home," 27 Sep. 2018 But there’s a ton to know about sitz baths beyond cool linguistic trivia. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 Savor this linguistic Houdini accomplishing a dazzling, magical flight from chains of formal constraint of his own making. James Geary, WSJ, "Five Best: James Geary on Works of Inspired Wit," 16 Nov. 2018 Since the Middle Ages, this has allowed alliance networks in China to be multi-linguistic. Nikita Lalwani, Washington Post, "When is nationalism a good thing? When it unites an ethnically diverse citizenry," 26 June 2018 Newsletter Sign-up A living language like English is always evolving, of course, but the supplanting of the real and natural by the artificial and machine-made in a children’s dictionary speaks to a cultural shift that is more than linguistic. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Naming Things and Talking About Pictures," 5 Oct. 2018 Even more, reports Cara Giaimo at Atlas Obscura, recent research shows that new regional accents are being created, with immigration into the city of Liberal, Kansas, spawning its own linguistic style. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Town In Kansas Has Its Own Unique Accent," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of linguistic

1825, in the meaning defined above

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: of or relating to language or linguistics

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