mother tongue

as in language
the stock of words, pronunciation, and grammar used by a people as their basic means of communication although the anthropologist could speak the local language fairly well, she was always glad to find someone who shared her mother tongue

Synonyms & Similar Words


Thesaurus Entries Near mother tongue

Cite this Entry

“Mother tongue.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!