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[ lang-gwij ]


  1. a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition:

    the two languages of Belgium; a Bantu language; the French language; the Yiddish language.

  2. communication by voice in the distinctively human manner, using arbitrary sounds in conventional ways with conventional meanings; speech.
  3. the system of linguistic signs or symbols considered in the abstract ( speech ).
  4. any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another.

    Synonyms: lingua franca, lingo, terminology, tongue

  5. any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion, etc.:

    the language of mathematics; sign language.

  6. the means of communication used by animals:

    the language of birds.

  7. communication of meaning in any way; medium that is expressive, significant, etc.:

    the language of flowers; the language of art.

  8. linguistics; the study of language.
  9. the speech or phraseology peculiar to a class, profession, etc.; lexis; jargon.

    Synonyms: lingua franca, lingo, terminology, tongue

  10. a particular manner of verbal expression:

    flowery language.

  11. choice of words or style of writing; diction:

    the language of poetry.

  12. Computers. a set of characters and symbols and syntactic rules for their combination and use, by means of which a computer can be given directions:

    The language of many commercial application programs is COBOL.

  13. a nation or people considered in terms of their speech.
  14. Archaic. faculty or power of speech.


/ ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ /


  1. a system for the expression of thoughts, feelings, etc, by the use of spoken sounds or conventional symbols
  2. the faculty for the use of such systems, which is a distinguishing characteristic of man as compared with other animals
  3. the language of a particular nation or people

    the French language

  4. any other systematic or nonsystematic means of communicating, such as gesture or animal sounds

    the language of love

  5. the specialized vocabulary used by a particular group

    medical language

  6. a particular manner or style of verbal expression

    your language is disgusting

  7. computing See programming language
  8. speak the same language
    to communicate with understanding because of common background, values, etc


/ lănggwĭj /

  1. A system of objects or symbols, such as sounds or character sequences, that can be combined in various ways following a set of rules, especially to communicate thoughts, feelings, or instructions.
  2. The set of patterns or structures produced by such a system.

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Other Words From

  • pre·language adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of language1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Anglo-French, variant spelling of langage, derivative of langue “tongue.” See lingua, -age

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Word History and Origins

Origin of language1

C13: from Old French langage, ultimately from Latin lingua tongue

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Synonym Study

See speech. Language, dialect, jargon, vernacular refer to linguistic configurations of vocabulary, syntax, phonology, and usage that are characteristic of communities of various sizes and types. Language is a broad term applied to the overall linguistic configurations that allow a particular people to communicate: the English language; the French language. Dialect is applied to certain forms or varieties of a language, often those that provincial communities or special groups retain (or develop) even after a standard has been established: Scottish dialect; regional dialect; Southern dialect. A jargon is either an artificial linguistic configuration used by a particular (usually occupational) group within a community or a special configuration created for communication in a particular business or trade or for communication between members of groups that speak different languages: computer jargon; the Chinook jargon. A vernacular is the authentic natural pattern--the ordinary speech--of a given language, now usually on the informal level. It is at once congruent with and, in relatively small ways, distinguished from the standard language in syntax, vocabulary, usage, and pronunciation. It is used by persons indigenous to a certain community, large or small.

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Example Sentences

It offers a more searing version of events than the sometimes technical language in previous crash reports and investigations, including one conducted by the Transportation Department’s Inspector General.

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The language that was used — that could have possibly had a chilling effect on other people coming forward — shouldn’t have been allowed.

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Toucan raises $3 million to teach you new languages as you browse the web — The startup has developed a Chrome browser extension designed for anyone who wants to learn a new language but hasn’t found the motivation or the time.

Looking ahead, Toucan is planning to add new languages and to launch browser extensions for Firefox and Safari.

This announcement covers changes to Google Search, Google News, autocomplete, fact checking, through BERT and language processing.

Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.

Some of them already are in Germany taking language lessons.

His first language was Russian, then he learned Swedish, but chooses to perform in monosyllabic broken English.

We also have a language filled with distaste for the civilian “others.”

Disagreements will focus on right and wrong, not parsing of legal language.

“Perhaps you do not speak my language,” she said in Urdu, the tongue most frequently heard in Upper India.

I would ask you to imagine it translated into every language, a common material of understanding throughout all the world.

And all over the world each language would be taught with the same accent and quantities and idioms—a very desirable thing indeed.

But don't go hunting after them, there are still modern Immortals in the darkness of a forgotten language.

Light, the symbol of life's joy, seems to be the first language in which the spirit of beauty speaks to a child.


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How Do You Spell Language?

Spelling tips for language

The word language is hard to spell because it seems as if the middle g should be doubled based on the way it is pronounced [ lang-gwij ]. It is also hard to know how to spell the unusual sound made by its ending. 

How to spell language: The first part of language is spelled like it sounds: lang-. The ending is the suffix -age. But remember that in between those two word parts is the letter that makes the w sound, which is actually the letter u. So: lang + u + age.




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