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monolingual

[mon-uh-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l]
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adjective
  1. knowing or able to use only one language; monoglot.
  2. spoken or written in only one language.
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noun
  1. a monolingual person.
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Origin of monolingual

First recorded in 1950–55; mono- + lingual
Related formsmon·o·lin·gual·ism, noun
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  • The time when the intellectual affairs of America could be conducted on a monolingual basis is over.

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    Ezra Pound


British Dictionary definitions for monolingual

monolingual

adjective
  1. knowing or expressed in only one language
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noun
  1. a monolingual person
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