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

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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 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 In response to violence, police have increased foot patrols, launched a community liaison unit to help victims and a monolingual anonymous tip line. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2021 Valhalla shines a light on the linguistic reality of 9th-century Britain, which is often portrayed as a monolingual island in popular culture—but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Amy Briscoe, Wired, 21 Apr. 2021 The Dual Language program integrates monolingual English-speaking students with Spanish-speaking students in the same classroom, officials said. Beacon-news Staff,, 2 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the Concilio has become a one-stop virtual shop for monolingual families. Holly Haber, Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 Only native English-speakers are left out, since a bilingual book cannot be reproduced for monolingual societies. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 Seeram-Santana said the language barriers encourage unscrupulous people who offer to help monolingual Californians get their benefits in exchange for an exorbitant fee or a percentage of the check. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Feb. 2021 American public schoolteachers are, on the whole, substantially more likely to be white and monolingual than are public school students. Kevin Carey, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of monolingual

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monolingual was in 1879

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5 Jun 2021

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“Monolingual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monolingual

: able to speak and understand only one language
: using or expressed in only one language

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Nglish: Translation of monolingual for Spanish Speakers


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