second language

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of second language

:a language that is learned in addition to the language a person first learned as a young child

Word by Word Definitions

second play
  1. : next to the first in place or time

  2. : next to the first in value, excellence, or degree

  3. : inferior, subordinate

  1. : one that is number two in a series — see Table of Numbers

  2. : one that is next after the first in rank, position, authority, or precedence

  3. : one that assists or supports another

  1. : the 60th part of a minute of angular measure

  2. : the 60th part of a minute of time : 1/86,400 part of the mean solar day

  3. : an instant of time : moment

  1. : to give support or encouragement to : assist

  2. : to support (a fighting person or group) in combat : bring up reinforcements for

  3. : to support or assist in contention or debate

language play
  1. : the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a community

  2. : audible, articulate, meaningful sound as produced by the action of the vocal organs

  3. : a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings


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