basilect

[ bey-zuh-lekt, baz-uh- ]
/ ˈbeɪ zəˌlɛkt, ˈbæz ə- /

noun Linguistics.

the variety of language in a creole continuum that is most distinct from the acrolect.

Nearby words

  1. basilar vertebra,
  2. basilard,
  3. basilary,
  4. basilateral,
  5. basildon,
  6. basilemma,
  7. basilian,
  8. basilic,
  9. basilic vein,
  10. basilica

Compare acrolect, mesolect.

Origin of basilect

1960–65; basi- (as combining form of base1 or basis) + (dia)lect

Related formsba·si·lec·tal, adjective

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