- able to speak or write several languages; multilingual.
- containing, composed of, or written in several languages: a polyglot Bible.
- a mixture or confusion of languages.
- a person who speaks, writes, or reads a number of languages.
- a book, especially a Bible, containing the same text in several languages.
Origin of polyglot
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Examples from the Web for polyglot
Los Angeles was wonderfully exotic; a polyglot mix of Aztec, Incan, Mayan and New World scents and sounds.The Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration
November 25, 2014
One morning, he discovered the campus of a theological seminary that he now covets for a polyglot academy he dreams of starting.Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from 'Babel No More'
January 10, 2012
Constance occupied the interval with the polyglot parrot of the courtyard.Jerry
The polyglot disturbance that ensued baffles all description.
She was unfortunate enough, however, to do this in the shop of a polyglot German.A Sappho of Green Springs
This population is one of the most polyglot of any city in the world.Chicago, Satan's Sanctum
L. O. Curon
Here, then, is the polyglot material with which our section-boss must work.The Railroad Problem</p>
- having a command of many languages
- written in, composed of, or containing many languages
- a person with a command of many languages
- a book, esp a Bible, containing several versions of the same text written in various languages
- a mixture or confusion of languages
C17: from Greek poluglōttos literally: many-tongued, from poly- + glōtta tongue
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Word Origin and History for polyglot
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