of or belonging to language: linguistic change.
of or relating to linguistics.

Nearby words

  1. linguatula,
  2. linguatuliasis,
  3. linguiform,
  4. linguine,
  5. linguist,
  6. linguistic analysis,
  7. linguistic area,
  8. linguistic atlas,
  9. linguistic borrowing,
  10. linguistic form

Origin of linguistic

First recorded in 1830–40; linguist + -ic

Related formslin·guis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·lin·guis·tic, adjectivepseu·do·lin·guis·tic, adjectivepseu·do·lin·guis·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for linguistic



of or relating to language
of or relating to linguistics
Derived Formslinguistically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for linguistic



1856, from French linguistique (1833); see linguist + -ic. The use of linguistic to mean "of or pertaining to language or languages" is "hardly justifiable etymologically," according to OED, but "has arisen because lingual suggests irrelevant associations." Related: linguistically.

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