sub·​lan·​guage ˌsəb-ˈlaŋ-gwij How to pronounce sublanguage (audio)
variants or sub-language
plural sublanguages or sub-languages
: a subvariety of a language
especially : the dialect or jargon spoken by a particular group
Sublanguage is a variety of language used in a particular field or by a particular professional group and characterized especially by distinctive vocabulary. Marina I. Solnyshkina
Examples of sublanguage include computer jargon and medical terminology … Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science
Jargon starts out as a simple technical sublanguage: users devise abbreviations and acronyms that help speed up processes. It also helps reinforce group solidarity … Baden Eunson

Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sublanguage was in 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Sublanguage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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