a distinct variety of a language, as a standard variety or a nonstandard regional dialect: Without a central academy to govern usage, Standard English accepts more variation in grammar and lexicon than the standard lects of other languages.
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Im clar Massr James is one o de lect; and Im clar dars considable more o de lect dan people tink.The Minister's Wooing | Harriet Beecher Stowe
I was laughing, you rec'lect, when I come back to tell you 'twas all right; I expect you knew pretty well how twas.Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
You might as well try to squeeze ile out o' Bunker-Hill monument, as to c'lect a debt o' him.
I c'n t ba'ly rec'lect t' say 'Thank-ye,' but there my power gives out.Wanted: A Husband | Samuel Hopkins Adams
But I find it hard to rec'lect that about you, Mr. Peter; you're so sympathetic, you might be a young lady.The Lee Shore | Rose Macaulay