• Language

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: lăngʹgwĭj, IPA: /ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ/
    • US enPR: lāngʹgwĭj, IPA: /ˈleɪŋɡwɪdʒ/

    Origin

    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").

    Full definition of language

    Noun

    language

    (countable and uncountable; plural languages)
    1. (countable) A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.
      the English language;   sign language
    2. (uncountable) The ability to communicate using words.
      the gift of language
    3. (countable or uncountable) Nonverbal communication.
      body language
    4. (computing, countable) A computer language.
    5. (uncountable) The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.
      legal language
      • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate Chapter Prologue, Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
    6. (uncountable) The particular words used in speech or a passage of text.
      The language he used to talk to me was obscene.
      The language used in the law does not permit any other interpretation.
    7. (uncountable) Profanity.
      • 1978, James Carroll, Mortal Friends, "Where the hell is Horace?" ¶"There he is. He's coming. You shouldn't use language."
    8. Spoken or written words.

    Synonyms

    Verb

    1. To communicate by language; to express in language.Others were languaged in such doubtful expressions that they have a double sense. — Fuller.
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