programming language

noun

Definition of programming language

: any of various high-level languages used for computer programs — compare assembly language, machine language, natural language sense 2

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First Known Use of programming language

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Programming language.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/programming%20language. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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