[ dahy-uh-lek-tl ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tl /


of a dialect.
characteristic of a dialect.

Origin of dialectal

First recorded in 1825–35; dialect + -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

dialectal 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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