nonnative speaker

[ non-ney-tiv spee-ker ]

  1. a person whose knowledge and use of a language is characterized by the fact that it is not their first or native language: She was the first nonnative speaker of Japanese to win this award.For nonnative speakers, this sound is especially hard to pronounce.: Compare native speaker.

Origin of nonnative speaker

First recorded in 1915–20; see also native speaker

Words Nearby nonnative speaker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024