source language


Definition of source language

: a language which is to be translated into another language — compare target language

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As people mix, a new language forms, and often the origins of individual words can be traced back to one of the source languages. Nicole Creanza, Scientific American, "How People Talk Now Holds Clues about Human Migration Centuries Ago," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of source language

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of source language was in 1953

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