[ glos-uh-ley-lee-uh, glaw-suh- ]
/ ˌglɒs əˈleɪ li ə, ˌglɔ sə- /


incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy, or schizophrenia.

Origin of glossolalia

First recorded in 1875–80; glosso- + -lalia

OTHER WORDS FROM glossolalia

glos·sol·a·list [glo-sol-uh-list, glaw-] /glɒˈsɒl ə lɪst, glɔ-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for glossolalia

  • Besides, we find in Lola's case a high degree of glossolalia.

    Lola|Henny Kindermann

British Dictionary definitions for glossolalia

/ (ˌɡlɒsəˈleɪlɪə) /


another term for gift of tongues
psychol babbling in a nonexistent language

Word Origin for glossolalia

C19: New Latin, from glosso- + Greek lalein to speak, babble
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Medical definitions for glossolalia

[ glô′sə-lālē-ə ]


Fabricated, nonmeaningful speech, especially associated with trances or certain schizophrenic syndromes.
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