mono·​lin·​gual | \ ˌmä-nə-ˈliŋ-gwəl How to pronounce monolingual (audio) , ˌmō-, -ˈliŋ-gyə-wəl \

Definition of monolingual

: having or using only one language

Other Words from monolingual

monolingual noun

Examples of monolingual in a Sentence

He regrets being monolingual and wishes he were bilingual.
Recent Examples on the Web Her parents, who had grown up bilingual in Hebrew and Spanish, respectively, and who each spoke their own native language with their older daughter Estie, were given strict instructions to create a monolingual environment for their second child. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 The polling company did not offer the questions in Spanish, saying the monolingual Spanish-speaking electorate is estimated to be very small for the June primary. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2022 San Diego County had 8,400 bilingual or monolingual Russian speakers in 2011, according to county demographic data. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2022 Most of the participants were low-income, monolingual Korean, Japanese or Chinese American senior citizens, Lee said. Chris Kuo, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2021 Current ideas about the bilingual brain suggest that both languages are always accessible, even when the bilingual person is speaking with a monolingual person. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, 30 Nov. 2021 Any early expectations of a monolingual internet fizzled out well over a decade ago. Nick Ustinov, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 For The Times) The Laotian community in California is not large enough to support newspapers or television news programs in Lao, leaving monolingual immigrants especially isolated. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Nor is the community large enough to support newspapers or television news programs in Lao, leaving monolingual immigrants especially isolated. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of monolingual

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Monolingual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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