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bilingual

[bahy-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l]
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adjective
  1. able to speak two languages with the facility of a native speaker.
  2. spoken, written, or containing similar information in two different languages: a bilingual dictionary; Public notices at the embassy are bilingual.
  3. of, involving, or using two languages: a bilingual community; bilingual schools.
noun
  1. a bilingual person.

Origin of bilingual

1835–45; < Latin bilingu(is) (bi- bi-1 + lingu-, stem of lingua tongue + -is adj. suffix) + -al1
Related formsbi·lin·gual·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for bilingual

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Historical Examples

  • Bilingual races are up to the tactics of rats with a double hole.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

  • In this room is a slab with a bilingual inscription, in Latin and Umbrian, from Todi.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • Signor Marinetti, who is bilingual, is eccentrically amusing.

    Unicorns

    James Huneker

  • Unity has arisen in spite of the bilingual p. 126difficulty.

  • In the Dutch colony at Holland, Michigan, the churches are bilingual.

    A Stake in the Land

    Peter Alexander Speek


British Dictionary definitions for bilingual

bilingual

adjective
  1. able to speak two languages, esp with fluency
  2. written or expressed in two languages
noun
  1. a bilingual person
Derived Formsbilingualism, nounbilingually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bilingual

adj.

1818, from bi- + lingual. Latin bilinguis meant literally "two-tongued," and, figuratively, "speaking a jumble of languages," also "double-tongued, hypocritical, false."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper