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native language

[ ney-tiv lang-gwij ]
/ ˈneɪ tɪv ˈlæŋ gwɪdʒ /
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noun
a language that a person acquires fully through extensive exposure in childhood: Many Diné children learn Navajo as a native language.
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Often first lan·guage [furst-lang-gwij] /ˈfɜrst ˈlæŋ gwɪdʒ/ .

Origin of native language

First recorded in 1425–75 as natife langage
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