[trahy-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l]
using, speaking, or involving three languages.
Origin of trilingual
1825–35;Related formstri·lin·gual·ism, nountri·lin·gual·ly, adverb
< Latin trilingu(is
) triple-tongued + -al1
. See tri-
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for trilingual
Historical Examples of trilingual
It is probable that there was actual diversity in the trilingual versions.
It is trilingual--viz., Chinese, Uighur, and runic or Yenissei characters.
The first clue to these questions was, as in the parallel case of Egypt, afforded by a trilingual inscription.
He wandered about Europe, became bilingual, if not trilingual (he was never quite happy in German speech or German philosophy).
The next problem in the study of cuneiform was the decipherment of the second language in each of the trilingual groups.
British Dictionary definitions for trilingual
Derived Formstrilingualism, nountrilingually, adverb
able to speak three languages fluently
expressed or written in three languages
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Word Origin and History for trilingual
1834, from tri- + Latin lingua "language," literally "tongue" (see lingual).
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