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bilingualism

[ bahy-ling-gwuh-liz-uhm or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh- ]
/ baɪˈlɪŋ gwəˌlɪz əm or, Canadian, -ˈlɪŋ gyu ə- /
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noun

the ability to speak two languages fluently.
the habitual use of two languages.
Canadian. a government-supported program encouraging all citizens to acquire a knowledge of both English and French.

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Also bi·lin·gual·i·ty [bahy-ling-gwal-i-tee or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-al-]. /ˌbaɪ lɪŋˈgwæl ɪ ti or, Canadian, -lɪŋ gyuˈæl-/.

Origin of bilingualism

First recorded in 1870–75; bilingual + -ism
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