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dialectal

[dahy-uh-lek-tl]
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  1. of a dialect.
  2. characteristic of a dialect.
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Origin of dialectal

First recorded in 1825–35; dialect + -al1
Related formsdi·a·lec·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·di·a·lec·tal, adjectivein·ter·di·a·lec·tal·ly, adverbnon·di·a·lec·tal, adjectivenon·di·a·lec·tal·ly, adverbsub·di·a·lec·tal, adjectivesub·di·a·lec·tal·ly, adverb
Can be confuseddialectal dialectic dialectical (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

In linguistics dialectal, not dialectical, is the term more commonly used to denote regional or social language variation: Dialectal variation is more marked in the South than elsewhere in the United States. In general writing either term may be found.
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Word Origin and History for dialectal

adj.

1831, from dialect + -al (1).

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