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


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.

Origin of bilingual

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

Related forms

bi·lin·gual·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bilingual

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

bilingualism, nounbilingually, adverb
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