[bahy-ling-gwuh-liz-uh m or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh-]
- the ability to speak two languages fluently.
- the habitual use of two languages.
- Canadian. a government-supported program encouraging all citizens to acquire a knowledge of both English and French.
Also bi·lin·gual·i·ty [bahy-ling-gwal-i-tee or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-al-] /ˌbaɪ lɪŋˈgwæl ɪ ti or, Canadian, -lɪŋ gyuˈæl-/.
Origin of bilingualism
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Associated words: bilingual, diglot, bilingualism, bilinguist.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
Bilingualism must thus be considered as a solution of the language question in Belgium in the fifteenth century.
Instead of threatening national unity, bilingualism was its necessary condition.
Word Origin and History for bilingualism
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