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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Russia still has a cultural, linguistic and political hold on Central Asia. The Economist, "But their new partnership makes China a lot more equal than Russia," 25 July 2019 The 100 people laid off, effective Aug 16, are linguistic reviewers working from 785 Greens Parkway. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Welocalize lays off 100 people in Houston," 27 Aug. 2019 Calvin Trillin travels to Ecuador and discovers a link between culinary and linguistic journeys, and Judith Thurman considers the mysteries of hyperpolyglots, people with the ability to speak dozens of languages. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: In Another Tongue," 18 Aug. 2019 Fertility control, which contributed to a falling birth rate in France in the early 19th century, before anywhere else, spread first to places that had close cultural and linguistic links to France. The Economist, "A society’s values and beliefs matter for its economy," 25 July 2019 Yet the opposite linguistic dynamic has been in play for some time. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "How Robert O’Rourke Became ‘Beto’," 12 Aug. 2019 Lacking any familiarity with the structure of their language, people find linguistic rubrics arbitrary and unreasonable. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Semantic Drift," 22 July 2019 But problems in speech perception can arise when those kinds of cues are missing, especially when pitch and rhythm are used for non-linguistic purposes, like in music. Melissa Michaud Baese-berk, Quartz, "We may have misheard Neil Armstrong’s famous first words on the Moon," 17 July 2019 Most students selected to attend the High School Journalism Institute have linguistic, cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds that differ from those that predominate Oregon school systems., "‘One of the best weeks’: High School Journalism Institute underway at Oregon State," 13 July 2019

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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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