world language

noun

a language spoken and known in many countries, such as English
an artificial language for international use, such as Esperanto
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Examples from the Web for world language

  • Perhaps the Slovenes told them that Welsh is not a world-language.

  • So we looked it up in Esperanto—the only attempt at a world-language of which we know, and in which my father is interested.

    A Scout of To-day|Isabel Hornibrook
  • What the Austrians said was that German was a world-language and that it was a fad to want to learn Slovene.

  • But apparently it was not till about 300 years ago that philosophers began to think seriously about a world-language.

    International Language|Walter J. Clark