Origin of language
Synonyms for language
Related Words for languagesound, dialect, style, jargon, word, vocabulary, accent, speech, prose, voice, expression, terminology, wording, patois, lexicon, communication, cant, interchange, diction, idiom
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Contemporary Examples of language
His first language was Russian, then he learned Swedish, but chooses to perform in monosyllabic broken English.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
We also have a language filled with distaste for the civilian “others.”A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall
December 29, 2014
The language school did not focus on providing instruction but instead was a visa mill.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
“Deck the Halls” was written back in the 16th century, when the English language was very different.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
But truth be told, I never came close to mastering the language despite my excellent grades.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of language
All who listened were deeply impressed by language so mysterious.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It would be a solecism in language to say that any portion of these is not included in the whole.
Having grasped a principle, we phrase it in the language of our time.The Conquest of Fear
This is the language of passionate exaggeration, one might say.
The third act is "spoiled, by the characteristic Shakespearean language."
Word Origin for language
late 13c., langage "words, what is said, conversation, talk," from Old French langage (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *linguaticum, from Latin lingua "tongue," also "speech, language" (see lingual). The form with -u- developed in Anglo-French. Meaning "a language" is from c.1300, also used in Middle English of dialects:
Mercii, þat beeþ men of myddel Engelond[,] vnderstondeþ bettre þe side langages, norþerne and souþerne, þan norþerne and souþerne vnderstondeþ eiþer oþer. [John of Trevisa, translation of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]
In oþir inglis was it drawin, And turnid ic haue it til ur awin Language of the norþin lede, Þat can na noþir inglis rede. ["Cursor Mundi," early 14c.]
Language barrier attested from 1933.