- The definition of an isogloss is a line on a map that marks the boundary between areas where language features are different.
An example of an isogloss is the line on a map that shows the division of two populations which have different pronunciations for a a specific vowel.
- a line of demarcation between regions differing in a particular feature of language, as on a point of pronunciation, vocabulary, etc.
- such a line indicated on a map
Origin: from iso- plush Glassical Greek glōssa, tongue, speech: see gloss
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Origin: iso- + Greek glōssa, language, tongue.
- iˌso·glossˈal adjective