American Sign Language


a visual-gesture language, having its own semantic and syntactic structure, used by deaf people in the U.S. and English-speaking parts of Canada. Abbreviation: ASL

Origin of American Sign Language

First recorded in 1960–65
Also called Ameslan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for american sign language

sign, Ameslan, Esperanto, dactylology, ASL, fingerspelling

British Dictionary definitions for american sign language

American sign language


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