Language definition

lănggwĭj
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A system of objects or symbols, such as sounds or character sequences, that can be combined in various ways following a set of rules, especially to communicate thoughts, feelings, or instructions.
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The special vocabulary and usages of a scientific, professional, or other group.
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All the vocal sounds, words, and ways of combining them common to a particular nation, tribe, or other speech community.

The French language.

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The manner or means of communication between living creatures other than humans.

The language of dolphins.

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A particular manner of expression.

Profane language; persuasive language.

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Body language; kinesics.
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The definition of language is speech or other forms of communication.

An example of language is words spoken.

An example of language is words read in a book.

An example of language is people using their hands to express themselves.

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The set of patterns or structures produced by such a system.
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A characteristic style of speech or writing.

Shakespearean language.

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A system of vocal sounds and combinations of such sounds to which meaning is attributed, used for the expression or communication of thoughts and feelings.
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Verbal communication as a subject of study.
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The wording of a legal document or statute as distinct from the spirit.
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Such a system including its rules for combining its components, such as words.
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A system of signs, symbols, gestures, or rules used in communicating.

The language of algebra.

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Any means of expressing or communicating, as gestures, signs, or animal sounds.

Body language.

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Such a system as used by a nation, people, or other distinct community; often contrasted with dialect.
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(informal) Coarse or obscene words and expressions.
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Human speech.
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The written representation of such a system.
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A special set of symbols, letters, numerals, rules, etc. used for the transmission of information, as in a computer.
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The particular form or manner of selecting and combining words characteristic of a person, group, or profession; form or style of expression in words.

The language of teenagers.

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(countable) A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.
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Communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.
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(computers) A system of symbols and rules used for communication with or between computers.
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The study of language in general or of some particular language or languages; linguistics.
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(archaic) The ability to communicate by this means.
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speak the same (or someone's) language
  • to have the same beliefs, attitudes, etc. (as another)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
language
Plural:
languages

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

speak the same (<i>or</i> someone's) language

Origin of language

  • Middle English from Old French langage from langue tongue, language from Latin lingua dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English language, from Old French language, from Vulgar Latin *linguāticum, from Latin lingua (“tongue, speech, language”), from Old Latin dingua (“tongue”), from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s (“tongue, speech, language”). Displaced native Middle English rearde, ȝerearde (“language”) (from Old English reord (“language, speech”)), Middle English londspreche, londspeche (“language”) (from Old English *landsprǣċ (“language, national tongue”), Old English þēod and þēodisc (“language”).

    From Wiktionary