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Friday, November 09, 2007

Definitions for polyglot

  1. containing, composed of, or written in several languages: a polyglot Bible.
  2. able to speak or write several languages; multilingual.
  3. a mixture or confusion of languages.

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Citations for polyglot
The first manifestations of the avant-garde were cosmopolitan and polyglot. Marinetti writes his manifestos in French and polemicizes with the Russian Cubo-Futurists in Moscow and St. Petersburg… Octavio Paz, Children of the Mire, translated by Rachel Phillips, 1974
Courthouse Joe whose indoctrination goes back to when this country was a nation and not a satrapy in a polyglot empire… Douglas, who can't stomach assassination? Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961
Origin of polyglot
1635-1645
Polyglot stems from the Greek word polýglōttos, meaning "many-tongued." The combining form -glot comes from the Greek word for "tongue" and can mean "having a tongue" or "communicating in a language."