- the widespread existence within a society of sharply divergent formal and informal varieties of a language each used in different social contexts or for performing different functions, as the existence of Katharevusa and Demotic in modern Greece.
- Pathology. the presence of two tongues or of a single tongue divided into two parts by a cleft.
Origin of diglossia
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- linguistics the existence in a language of a high, or socially prestigious, and a low, or everyday, form, as German and Swiss German in Switzerland
Word Origin for diglossia
C20: New Latin, via French, from Greek diglōssos speaking two languages: see diglot
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- bifid tongue
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