bilingual

[ bahy-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l ]
/ baɪˈlɪŋ gwəl or, Canadian, -ˈlɪŋ gyu əl /

adjective

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.

noun

a bilingual person.

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Origin of bilingual

1835–45; < Latin bilingu(is) (bi- bi-1 + lingu-, stem of lingua tongue + -is adj. suffix) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM bilingual

bi·lin·gual·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for bi-lingual

bilingual
/ (baɪˈlɪŋɡwəl) /

adjective

able to speak two languages, esp with fluency
written or expressed in two languages

noun

a bilingual person

Derived forms of bilingual

bilingualism, nounbilingually, adverb
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