Definition of multilingual
- a multilingual sign
- multilingual dictionaries
- multilingual translators
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'multilingual.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
: able to speak and understand several languages
: using or expressed in several languages
Britannica English: Translation of multilingual for Arabic speakers
What made you want to look up multilingual? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).