noun, plural lin·guae [ling-gwee] /ˈlɪŋ gwi/.

the tongue or a part like a tongue.

Origin of lingua

1665–75; < Latin; akin to tongue Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lingua

tongue, lingua, palate

Examples from the Web for lingua

Contemporary Examples of lingua

  • There the lingua franca is Cajun French, and folks love to fiddle, dance and most of all, eat.

  • Long gone seamen and traders made Italian its lingua franca.

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    March 5, 2011

  • She nods to me and greets her friends in Sesotho, the lingua franca among black South Africans in this mostly-poor region.

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Historical Examples of lingua

British Dictionary definitions for lingua


noun plural -guae (-ɡwiː) anatomy

the technical name for tongue
any tongue-like structure

Word Origin for lingua

C17: Latin
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lingua in Medicine



n. pl. lin•guae (-gwē′)

The tongue.
A tonguelike anatomical structure.
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