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OTHER WORDS FROM multilingualmul·ti·lin·gual·ly, adverbmul·ti·lin·gual·ism, noun
Words nearby multilingual
What does multilingual mean?
Multilingual is most commonly used to describe someone who can speak or understand multiple languages, especially someone who can speak several languages with some level of fluency.
It can also be used to describe things that involve or that are written or spoken in multiple languages, as in These instructions are multilingual—they’re written in seven different languages.
Someone who speaks two languages is multilingual, but the term is most often used to describe someone who speaks more than three languages, since the term bilingual is commonly used to describe someone who speaks two languages and trilingual is used to describe someone who speaks three.
The ability to speak multiple languages or the use of multiple languages is called multilingualism.
Example: Being multilingual is a great advantage when applying for international jobs.
Where does multilingual come from?
The first records of the word multilingual come from the 1830s. It’s composed of multi-, meaning “many” or “multiple,” and lingual, which means “pertaining to languages.” Lingual shares a root with other language-related words, like linguistics and linguaphile.
Some people who are multilingual may be masters of all the languages they speak. In this case, they’re often called polyglots. But a person might be described—or describe themselves—as multilingual even if they’re not fluent in all of the languages they can speak. Most multilingual people have differing levels of fluency for each language they know.
Countries are often described as multilingual when they have two or more official or widely used languages. India, for example, is one of the most multilingual countries, with more than 20 official languages and at least 100 others, as well as hundreds of dialects.
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What are some other forms related to multilingual?
- multilingually (adverb)
- multilingualism (noun)
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How is multilingual used in real life?
Multilingual is most commonly used to describe people who speak more than three languages.
Is it weird to have a multilingual inner thoughts? Kadang indo, kadang inggris, even korea 🙂
— Syagra Jasminda ✨ (@syagrajsmnd) June 6, 2020
Very impressed with English's seafood restaurant in Brighton and its multilingual menu! pic.twitter.com/PHgpJ7W5Tx
— Grow Global (@growglobal) February 16, 2015
PSA: There is never a reason to apologize for "bad English" when contributing/discussing in OSS 😊 Software and communicating about software are not limited to English. I should be thanking you for using English 🙏
❤️s to all you multilingual people. You are the true heroes.
— Josh Holtz 💪🚀 (@joshdholtz) June 30, 2020
Try using multilingual!
Is multilingual used correctly in the following sentence?
In some places, the street signs are multilingual since there are multiple widely spoken languages.
Example sentences from the Web for multilingual
Rent regulation promises true pluralism, an ideal in which the multilingual Needelman has a deeply personal stake.
Almost all the applicants were multilingual and searching for their first post-university jobs.Edward Snowden Inspires European Youths to Train as Spies|Barbie Latza Nadeau|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It has what may be the largest concentration of multilingual people in the country.Utah Up, Chicago Down: Why Mitt Romney Should Embrace His Mormonism|Joel Kotkin|August 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They were multilingual, fluent in Arabic, Urdu, Baluch, and English, and moved easily through a globalizing world.9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Finally on Trial at Guantanamo|Terry McDermott|May 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Moskvin was described as multilingual (he spoke 13 languages) and a historian, a professional traveler, journalist, and magician.Russian Historian Anatoly Moskvin Collected Dead Girls at Home|Anna Nemtsova|November 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST