mother tongue

noun

Definition of mother tongue

  1. 1 :  one's native language

  2. 2 :  a language from which another language derives

Examples of mother tongue in a sentence

  1. <although the anthropologist could speak the local language fairly well, she was always glad to find someone who shared her mother tongue>

14th Century

First Known Use of mother tongue

14th century


MOTHER TONGUE Defined for English Language Learners

mother tongue

noun

Definition of mother tongue for English Language Learners

  • : the language that a person learns to speak first


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