[ bahy-ling-gwuhl or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uhl ]
/ baɪˈlɪŋ gwəl or, Canadian, -ˈlɪŋ gyu əl /
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able to speak two languages with the facility of a native speaker.
spoken, written, or containing similar information in two different languages: a bilingual dictionary; Public notices at the embassy are bilingual.
of, involving, or using two languages: a bilingual community; bilingual schools.
a bilingual person.
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Origin of bilingual
OTHER WORDS FROM bilingualbi·lin·gual·ly, adverb
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How to use bilingual in a sentence
They were bi-lingual, being in English and in coast Arabic, in which dialect Bones was something of a master.The Keepers of the King's Peace|Edgar Wallace
A fragment of what might very possibly turn out to be a bi-lingual inscription was the last find.Lady Merton, Colonist|Mrs. Humphry Ward
It would be nearer the truth to call the mediævals bi-lingual than to call their Latin a dead language.A Short History of England|G. K. Chesterton
In bi-lingual districts children's answers would have a special value.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland|Daniel Turner Holmes
These bi-lingual texts are an attempt to speed up Indian understanding of modern life.Little Man's Family|J. B. Enochs
British Dictionary definitions for bilingual
/ (baɪˈlɪŋɡwəl) /
able to speak two languages, esp with fluency
written or expressed in two languages
a bilingual person
Derived forms of bilingualbilingualism, nounbilingually, adverb
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