sign language

noun

Definition of sign language

  1. 1 :  a formal language employing a system of hand gestures for communication (as by the deaf)

  2. 2 :  an unsystematic method of communicating chiefly by manual gestures used by people speaking different languages

First Known Use of sign language

1824


SIGN LANGUAGE Defined for English Language Learners

sign language

noun

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

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


Medical Dictionary

sign language

noun

Medical Definition of sign language

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



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