- the linguistic system shared by the members of a community (contrasted with parole).
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Examples from the Web for langue
This, the langue d'oïl, became at length the French language.Classic French Course in English
William Cleaver Wilkinson
He died a coward's death, the only one, thank God, of all our langue.A Knight of the White Cross
The language of the north, or langue d'Oil, varied but little from it.
Turning from thought to language, we observe that the word is derived from the French langue, or tongue.Essays on Life, Art and Science
The speech of the Basque country is first of all a langue, not a corrupted, mixed-up patois.Castles and Chateaux of Old Navarre and the Basque Provinces
- linguistics language considered as an abstract system or a social institution, being the common possession of a speech communityCompare parole (def. 5)
C19: from French: language
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