mother tongue

[muhth-er tuhng for 1; muhth-er tuhng for 2]
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Origin of mother tongue

1350–1400; Middle English moder tonge
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Related Words for mother tongue

vernacular

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British Dictionary definitions for mother tongue

mother tongue

noun
  1. the language first learned by a child
  2. a language from which another has evolved
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