polyglot

[ pol-ee-glot ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌglɒt /

adjective

able to speak or write several languages; multilingual.
containing, composed of, or written in several languages: a polyglot Bible.

noun

a mixture or confusion of languages.
a person who speaks, writes, or reads a number of languages.
a book, especially a Bible, containing the same text in several languages.

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Origin of polyglot

1635–45; <Medieval Latin polyglōttus<Greek polýglōttos many-tongued. See poly-, -glot

OTHER WORDS FROM polyglot

pol·y·glot·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for polyglot

polyglot
/ (ˈpɒlɪˌɡlɒt) /

adjective

having a command of many languages
written in, composed of, or containing many languages

noun

a person with a command of many languages
a book, esp a Bible, containing several versions of the same text written in various languages
a mixture or confusion of languages

Derived forms of polyglot

polyglotism or polyglottism, noun

Word Origin for polyglot

C17: from Greek poluglōttos literally: many-tongued, from poly- + glōtta tongue
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