sign language

noun
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of sign language

1 : a formal language employing a system of hand gestures for communication (as by the deaf)
2 : an unsystematic method of communicating chiefly by manual gestures used by people speaking different languages

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First Known Use of sign language

1824

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SIGN LANGUAGE Defined for English Language Learners

sign language

Definition of sign language for English Language Learners

  • : a system of hand movements used for communication especially by people who are deaf


SIGN LANGUAGE Defined for Kids

sign language

noun

Definition of sign language for Students

: a system of hand movements used for communication (as by people who are deaf)

Medical Dictionary

sign language

noun

medical Definition of sign language

: a formal language employing a system of hand gestures for communication (as by the deaf) — compare finger spelling


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