[bahy-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l]
- able to speak two languages with the facility of a native speaker.
- spoken, written, or containing similar information in two different languages: a bilingual dictionary; Public notices at the embassy are bilingual.
- of, involving, or using two languages: a bilingual community; bilingual schools.
- a bilingual person.
Origin of bilingual
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Examples from the Web for bilingual
The scenes in Tokyo were filmed with the help of a bilingual Japanese crew.She Thought ‘Fargo’ Was Real: The Misguided Voyage of ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’
February 18, 2014
Almost to a person, the French who are bilingual credit English-language television with their success.Why Can’t France Learn English?
March 9, 2013
Bilingual readers point out that the Newsweek story is more nuanced than is being reported in French.Maid’s Tale Ignites France
July 25, 2011
Consultants often tell religious candidates they must learn to be “bilingual,” Green told me.The Submissive Michele Bachmann
July 10, 2011
With a title that means "big butt" in slang in Brazil, the only thing to really give him credit for is the bilingual factor.15 Singing Reality Stars
December 23, 2010
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
Unity has arisen in spite of the bilingual p. 126difficulty.A Short History of Wales
Owen M. Edwards
In the Dutch colony at Holland, Michigan, the churches are bilingual.A Stake in the Land
Peter Alexander Speek
- able to speak two languages, esp with fluency
- written or expressed in two languages
- a bilingual person
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Word Origin and History for bilingual
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