[ in-ter-ling-gwuh ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈlɪŋ gwə /


an interlanguage.
(initial capital letter) an artificial language developed between 1924 and 1951, based primarily upon the Romance languages, and intended mainly as a common international language for scientists.

Origin of interlingua

1920–25; < Italian. See inter-, lingua Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interlingua

  • I sent another query, but the reply was abrupt and told nothing except that Interlingua was of “old knowledge.”

    Greylorn|John Keith Laumer
  • That made some sort of sense, but I was intrigued by the reference to Interlingua as a trade language.

    Greylorn|John Keith Laumer

British Dictionary definitions for interlingua


/ (ˌɪntəˈlɪŋɡwə) /


(usually capital) an artificial language based on words common to English and the Romance languages
any artificial language used to represent the meaning of natural languages, as for purposes of machine translation

Word Origin for interlingua

C20: from Italian, from inter- + lingua language
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