trilingual

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

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 On the wall, a trilingual menu scrolled through nearly 100 items in the dinner buffet. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "On a Baltic Sea cruise, board in Sweden and wake up in Latvia, then reverse," 4 Oct. 2019 Most are already bi- or trilingual, switching with ease into English or another language when abroad. Caitlin Hu, Quartz, "Iceland is inventing a new vocabulary for a high-tech future," 2 June 2019 The setup, on loan from the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, is the Please Touch’s first trilingual exhibit, in English, Spanish, and Japanese. Lauren Mccutcheon, Philly.com, "Where to take your kids in Philadelphia this summer," 6 June 2018 The trilingual track also hits No. 2 on the World Digital Song Sales chart. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "Super Junior Debut on the Latin Charts With Leslie Grace & Play-N-Skillz on 'Lo Siento'," 24 Apr. 2018 Known as the Rosetta Stone, this trilingual slab presented an unmatched opportunity to unlock the stories of the Ancient Egyptians. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 19 Apr. 2017 A few years ago, trilingual street signs — in Italian, Hebrew and Arabic — were put up as markers in the area in a nod to the city’s rich past. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "500 Years After Expulsion, Sicily’s Jews Reclaim a Lost History," 24 Apr. 2017 Teachers and parents here speak of trilingual aspirations, and the sounds of Spanish, Korean and English can be heard throughout the playground. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "Californians, Having Curbed Bilingual Education, May Now Expand It," 17 Oct. 2016 And take languages seriously; bi- and trilingual candidates are always preferred. miamiherald, "CEOs’ advice to college students: Network! Internships! Research!," 11 June 2017

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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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21 Nov 2019

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“Trilingual.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trilingual. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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