target language

noun

Definition of target language

1 : a language into which another language is to be translated — compare source language
2 : a language other than one's native language that is being learned

Examples of target language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The project is a way to build reading confidence through simple texts in the target language. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Grants benefit interesting programs designed by teachers," 26 Oct. 2020 By moving to target language, the state has hit a nerve. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "China’s insatiable appetite for control is forcing even its “model minority” to rebel," 3 Sep. 2020 The latter targets language intended to strip voting rights from black felons but not whites. Author: Margaret Newkirk, Erik Larson, Anchorage Daily News, "Battle brews to dump Jim Crow-era voting rules in deep South," 4 Aug. 2019 In dual-language classes, half the children are native speakers of the target language. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York to Open More Bilingual Classrooms," 3 May 2018 The results assume that the student was a native speaker of English with no prior knowledge of the target language. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Special language immersion program doesn't serve enough students, Katy ISD officials say," 26 Feb. 2018 In dual-language classes, students receive instruction together in English and the target language. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York to Open More Bilingual Classrooms," 3 May 2018 The results assume that the student was a native speaker of English with no prior knowledge of the target language. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Special language immersion program doesn't serve enough students, Katy ISD officials say," 26 Feb. 2018 The results assume that the student was a native speaker of English with no prior knowledge of the target language. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Special language immersion program doesn't serve enough students, Katy ISD officials say," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of target language

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Target language.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/target%20language. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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