[ ling-gwuh ]
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noun,plural lin·guae [ling-gwee]. /ˈlɪŋ gwi/.
  1. the tongue or a part like a tongue.

Origin of lingua

1665–75; <Latin; akin to tongue

Words Nearby lingua Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lingua in a sentence

  • Having said this, the Moor asked several questions—through the negro, and always in the lingua Franca.

    The Middy and the Moors | R.M. Ballantyne
  • He spoke in lingua Franca, which Foster understood pretty well by that time.

    The Middy and the Moors | R.M. Ballantyne
  • In course of time, Arabic replaced the Aramean dialect, and became the lingua franca of the Jews.

  • What was coming in was uniformly excited, some panicky, and all in fairly standard lingua Terra.

    Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
  • Csar sibi fecit nostram confessionem reddi Italica et Gallica lingua.

British Dictionary definitions for lingua


/ (ˈlɪŋɡwə) /

nounplural -guae (-ɡwiː) anatomy
  1. the technical name for tongue

  2. any tongue-like structure

Origin of lingua

C17: Latin

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