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polyglot

[pol-ee-glot]
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adjective
  1. able to speak or write several languages; multilingual.
  2. containing, composed of, or written in several languages: a polyglot Bible.
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noun
  1. a mixture or confusion of languages.
  2. a person who speaks, writes, or reads a number of languages.
  3. 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
Related formspol·y·glot·ism, noun
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Related Words for polyglot

linguist, wordsmith, adapter, polyglot, cryptologist, decoder, dragoman, cryptographer, philologist, phonologist, etymologist, lexicologist, phonetician, interpreter, lexicographer, grammarian, explainer, glossator, definer, glossographer

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British Dictionary definitions for polyglot

polyglot

adjective
  1. having a command of many languages
  2. written in, composed of, or containing many languages
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noun
  1. a person with a command of many languages
  2. a book, esp a Bible, containing several versions of the same text written in various languages
  3. a mixture or confusion of languages
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Derived Formspolyglotism or polyglottism, noun

Word Origin for polyglot

C17: from Greek poluglōttos literally: many-tongued, from poly- + glōtta tongue
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Word Origin and History for polyglot

adj.

1650s, from Greek polyglottos "speaking many languages," literally "many-tongued," from polys "many" (see poly-) + glotta, Attic variant of glossa "language," literally "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)). As a noun from 1640s.

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