- The definition of a source language is the language that is to be translated.
An example of a source language is Spanish when it needs to be translated into Italian.
- the language from which a text is to be translated into another language: compare target language (sense )
- Comput. the language, as COBOL or FORTRAN, in which a program is originally written
The language from which a translation is to be made or from which a word is borrowed.
(plural source languages)
- (linguistics, translation studies) The language from which a translation is done.
- (computing) The language of the source code to be compiled.