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 This is a national 24-hour, toll-free, multilingual hotline. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2022 The multilingual manual for humanity has been a popular spot for visitors over the past four decades. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 There's also another culprit, according to Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo, founder and director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern University: Most US transplant centers have not implemented a multicultural or multilingual approach to care. Eryn Mathewson, CNN, 4 July 2022 The following steps can give you a basic outline for creating a more effective multilingual training strategy. Yec, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The county's multilingual CARES Team is available for questions at 602-506-6767 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 28 June 2022 The rest of the show’s multilingual, multi-genre soundtrack is equally impressive. oregonlive, 30 June 2022 The series amplifies the complexities of being multilingual, immigrants, or AAPI in Boston. Serena Puang,, 24 June 2022 The Dolomite Mountains team is nearly all women, and company founder Agustina Lagos Marmol is a multilingual world traveler, adventurer, rock and mountain climber, windsurfer, cyclist, skier and devout hiker. Allison Olmsted, Forbes, 16 June 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 13 Aug. 2022.

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