subdialect

noun

sub·​di·​a·​lect ˌsəb-ˈdī-ə-ˌlekt How to pronounce subdialect (audio)
variants or sub-dialect
plural subdialects or sub-dialects
: a dialect of a language that is a regional subvariety of a more widely spoken dialect
Today Aleut is a single language with two main dialects, Western (Attuan and Atkan subdialects) and Eastern.William W. Fitzburg & Aron Crowell

Word History

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subdialect was in 1642

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Cite this Entry

“Subdialect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subdialect. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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