- ecstatic or apparently ecstatic utterance of usually unintelligible speechlike sounds, as in a religious assembly, viewed by some as a manifestation of deep religious experience
- gift of tongues
Origin of glossolaliaModern Latin from glosso- (see glosso-) + Classical Greek lalia, a speaking from lalein, to speak, prattle, of echoic origin, originally
- Fabricated and nonmeaningful speech, especially such speech associated with a trance state or certain schizophrenic syndromes.
- See gift of tongues.
Origin of glossolaliaNew LatinGreek glōssa tongue Greek lalein to babble
- Some writers distinguish glossolalia from xenoglossy, taking the former to mean roughly "speaking a language one does not know" and the latter to mean roughly "knowledge of a language one has never learned". Others do not distinguish the two, using the terms interchangeably or using one term exclusively. When in doubt, it may be preferable to preserve this distinction, and/or to explain what one means when using each term.
From glosso- + -lalia.