lin·​guis·​tic liŋ-ˈgwi-stik How to pronounce linguistic (audio)
variants or less commonly linguistical
: of or relating to language or linguistics
linguistic scholars
linguistic changes
linguistically adverb

Examples of linguistic in a Sentence

the age at which children begin to acquire linguistic skills
Recent Examples on the Web This French language summer camp is the perfect opportunity for kids to embark on a linguistic and cultural adventure. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 In the meantime, rather than reveling in English’s dominance or tolerating it as a necessary evil, key decision makers should accept English as a core component of multilingualism and decisively move toward educating informed citizens who can transcend linguistic and cultural borders. Rosemary Salomone, TIME, 7 Apr. 2024 This research raises questions about whether this linguistic capability is unique to dogs or if other animals share it, hinting at broader implications for our understanding of animal intelligence and the origins of communication. Scott Travers, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Revitalizing International Business In the vast expanse of international commerce, the X1 AI Interpreter Hub emerges as a vital compass, guiding conversations and collaborations across the diverse linguistic landscape of global business. William Mullane, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2024 But this kind of linguistic innovation is far from new. Christie Taylor, Popular Science, 13 Mar. 2024 But Kickstarter’s story reminds us that linguistic dominance isn’t always enough. Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 12 Mar. 2024 But even before this linguistic genesis, loyalty is a consistent theme in Greek mythology. Theodore McDarrah, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 There are countless other intricacies to High Valyrian verbs, yet, for Peterson, even producing this lone grammatical feature required simulating generations of linguistic change. Manvir Singh, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of linguistic was in 1825

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“Linguistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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lin·​guis·​tic liŋ-ˈgwis-tik How to pronounce linguistic (audio)
: of or relating to language or linguistics
linguistically adverb

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