[ pol-ee-glot ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌglɒt /
able to speak or write several languages; multilingual.
containing, composed of, or written in several languages: a polyglot Bible.
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
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/ (ˈpɒlɪˌɡlɒt) /
having a command of many languages
written in, composed of, or containing many languages
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
Word Origin for polyglot
C17: from Greek poluglōttos literally: many-tongued, from poly- + glōtta tongue
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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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