multilingual

adjective mul·ti·lin·gual \ -ˈliŋ-gwəl , -ˈliŋ-gyə-wəl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

multilingualism

play \-gwə-ˌli-zəm, -gyə-wə-\ noun

multilingually

play \-gwə-lē, -gyə-wə-lē\ adverb

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Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of multilingual

1838


MULTILINGUAL Defined for English Language Learners

multilingual

adjective

Definition of multilingual for English Language Learners

  • : able to speak and understand several languages

  • : using or expressed in several languages


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