tri·​lin·​gual | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈliŋ-gwəl How to pronounce trilingual (audio) also -ˈliŋ-gyə-wəl \

Definition of trilingual

: consisting of, having, or expressed in three languages trilingual countries a trilingual joke also : familiar with or able to use three languages a trilingual teacher

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Other Words from trilingual

trilingually adverb

Examples of trilingual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The city also hired a trilingual city employee fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin and collaborated with community groups on voter outreach. NBC News, "How a Boston suburb corrected voter rights violations against Asian Americans," 10 Dec. 2020 On Election Day, poll worker Jennifer McClain called Malden’s trilingual election worker when a voter needed help. NBC News, "How a Boston suburb corrected voter rights violations against Asian Americans," 10 Dec. 2020 RCA Records and Sony Music Latin have jointly signed Dominican-born, trilingual singer Yendry. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "The Deals: Tencent Conjures Licensing Renewal With Merlin, Olivia-Newton John Rides Primary Wave," 5 Nov. 2020 The resulting break proved unbridgeable until the discovery, in 1799, of the now-famous trilingual slab at the port of Rosetta. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘The Riddle of the Rosetta’ Review: Found in Translation," 17 Sep. 2020 This trilingual greeting is common among the Lebanese, many of whom speak at least three languages, often in one sentence. Lulu Seikaly, Glamour, "I’m Running to be the First Arab American Congresswoman in Texas. I’m Also Mourning What Happened in Lebanon," 11 Aug. 2020 After its civil war ended in 1990, Lebanon aimed to rebuild itself as a cultural and financial hub in the Middle East, a Switzerland on the Med with skilled bankers, trilingual professionals and dance clubs that raged till dawn. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "As Smoke Clears in Beirut, Shock Turns to Anger," 5 Aug. 2020 Chazin also collaborated with staff at Montefiore to edit a trilingual Passover Haggadah – still in use – and oversaw the production of Sabbath and High Holy Days prayer books, all in large print. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Rabbi Joel Chazin, former chaplain at Montefiore in Beachwood, dead at 84," 13 July 2020 Contributing their own funds, the Buchanans spent lavishly on entertainment, putting the legation’s level of spending only slightly below that of embassies in London, Paris, and Rome. Ruth Buchanan soon adapted to life in trilingual Luxembourg. Robert D. Mcfadden,, "Ruth Buchanan, philanthropist and hostess extraordinaire," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of trilingual

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trilingual was in 1834

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9 Jan 2021

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“Trilingual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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