mul·​ti·​lin·​gual | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈliŋ-gwəl How to pronounce multilingual (audio) , -ˈliŋ-gyə-wəl, -ˌtī- \

Definition of multilingual

1 : of, having, or expressed in several languages a multilingual sign multilingual dictionaries
2 : using or able to use several languages especially with equal fluency multilingual translators

Other Words from multilingual

multilingualism \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈliŋ-​gwə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce multilingual (audio) , -​gyə-​wə-​ , -​ˌtī-​ \ noun
multilingually \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈliŋ-​gwə-​lē How to pronounce multilingual (audio) , -​gyə-​wə-​lē , -​ˌtī-​ \ adverb

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The roots of multilingual come from Latin. If you happen to prefer Greek, use the synonym polyglot, in which poly- has the same meaning as multi-, and -glot means the same thing as -lingual. The best way to become multilingual is probably to be born in a bilingual (two-language) household; learning those first two seems to give the mind the kind of exercise that makes later language-learning easy.

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Recent Examples on the Web Text, often multilingual, features in pieces such as Hyun Chough’s robust, partly sculptural collage, whose two inset rectangles are filled with fragmentary blocks. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Evidence of the painstaking approach to making Pachinko — a pricy, time-hopping, multilingual exploration of family — is apparent in almost every frame, and Hugh knows that pain as well as anyone. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 These children were multicultural and often multilingual. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 By casting the play as a multilingual production (actors perform in Korean, Tagalog, Mandarin and Korean Sign Language, among others), Hamaguchi steers the audience's attention towards language and the body. Thomas Page, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 Though most significant Ukrainian films during the past century center on the village, Chasing Two Hares is one of the few that explores Kyiv as a multicultural and multilingual urban space. Joshua First, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 The gallery bridges creative gaps through Alternative Field, a press that doubles as a multilingual lending library. Vickie Vértiz, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 With a half-million-dollar grant, the city’s Transportation Department recently rolled out a multilingual outreach program to improve traffic safety in the neighborhood. NBC News, 6 Apr. 2022 Levine Cava points to the county’s natural resources, culture, multilingual workforce, backdrops, cityscapes and climate as some of the factors that have attracted more than 50% of all production in Florida. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of multilingual

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Multilingual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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