mother tongue

[muhth-er tuhng for 1; muhth-er tuhng for 2]

noun

the language first learned by a person; native language.

Nearby words

  1. mother ship,
  2. mother shipton,
  3. mother spleenwort,
  4. mother superior,
  5. mother teresa,
  6. mother wit,
  7. mother yaw,
  8. mother's boy,
  9. mother's day,
  10. mother's helper

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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