target language


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

Examples of target language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Translations to the target language are getting better, and disinformation is harder to spot, security researchers said. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 11 May 2023 For total immersion, lessons are conducted in the target language and feature interactive real-life scenarios and pronunciation feedback. Simon Hill, WIRED, 13 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of target language was in 1953

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“Target language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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