- The definition of a dialect is a variety of a language which has different pronunciation, grammar or vocabulary than the standard language of the culture.
An example of dialect is Cantonese to the Chinese language.
- the sum total of local characteristics of speech
- Rare the sum total of an individual's characteristics of speech; idiolect
- popularly any form of speech considered as deviating from a real or imaginary standard speech
- a form or variety of a spoken language, including the standard form, peculiar to a region, community, social group, occupational group, etc.: in this sense, dialects are regarded as being, to some degree, mutually intelligible while languages are not mutually intelligible
- any language as a member of a group or family of languages: English is a West Germanic dialect
Origin: Classical Latin dialectus ; from Classical Greek dialektos, discourse, discussion, dialect ; from dialegesthai, to discourse, talk ; from dia, between (see dia-) plush legein, to choose, talk (see logic)
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- a. A regional or social variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary, especially a variety of speech differing from the standard literary language or speech pattern of the culture in which it exists: Cockney is a dialect of English.b. A variety of language that with other varieties constitutes a single language of which no single variety is standard: the dialects of Ancient Greek.
- The language peculiar to the members of a group, especially in an occupation; jargon: the dialect of science.
- The manner or style of expressing oneself in language or the arts.
- A language considered as part of a larger family of languages or a linguistic branch. Not in scientific use: Spanish and French are Romance dialects.
Origin: French dialecte, from Old French, from Latin dialectus, form of speech, from Greek dialektos, speech, from dialegesthai, to discourse, use a dialect : dia-, between, over; see dia- + legesthai, middle voice of legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- diˌa·lecˈtal adjective
- diˌa·lecˈtal·ly adverb