[ mon-uh-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈlɪŋ gwəl or, Canadian, -ˈlɪŋ gyu əl /


knowing or able to use only one language; monoglot.
spoken or written in only one language.


a monolingual person.


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Origin of monolingual

First recorded in 1950–55; mono- + lingual

OTHER WORDS FROM monolingual

mon·o·lin·gual·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for monolingual

/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈlɪŋɡwəl) /


knowing or expressed in only one language


a monolingual person
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