source language


noun

the language in which a text appears that is to be translated into another language.Compare target language(def 1).
a language, usually the learner's native language, that is a source of interference in learning another language.Compare target language(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. source,
  2. source amnesia,
  3. source book,
  4. source code,
  5. source document,
  6. source material,
  7. source program,
  8. sourcing,
  9. sourdine,
  10. sourdough

Origin of source language

First recorded in 1955–60

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