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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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 Rather, students are viewed as possessing valuable linguistic, cultural, and literacy tools. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "How teachers of all races can better support students of color," 3 May 2018 According to their mother, in addition to their linguistic accomplishments, the three little royals are doing well overall. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Admits She's "So Bad" at Italian—But Will Make Sure Her Children Are Better," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of linguistic

1825, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of linguistic

: of or relating to language or linguistics

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an act or instance of returning to life

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