mother tongue

[ muhth-er tuhng for 1; muhth-er tuhng for 2 ]
/ ˈmʌð ər ˈtʌŋ for 1; ˈmʌð ər ˌtʌŋ for 2 /

noun

the language first learned by a person; native language.

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Origin of mother tongue

1350–1400; Middle English moder tonge
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British Dictionary definitions for mother tongue

mother tongue

noun

the language first learned by a child
a language from which another has evolved
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