linguistics

[ling-gwis-tiks]

noun (used with a singular verb)

the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics.

Nearby words

  1. linguistic philosophy,
  2. linguistic stock,
  3. linguistic universal,
  4. linguistical,
  5. linguistician,
  6. linguiça,
  7. lingula,
  8. lingular,
  9. lingulate,
  10. lingulectomy

Origin of linguistics

First recorded in 1850–55; see origin at linguistic, -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for linguistics

linguistics

noun

(functioning as singular) the scientific study of languageSee also historical linguistics, descriptive linguistics
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Word Origin and History for linguistics

linguistics

n.

"the science of languages," 1847; see linguistic; also see -ics.

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