Dialect - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdaɪəlekt|  American pronunciation of the word dialect
Brit.  |ˈdʌɪəlɛkt|  British pronunciation of the word dialect

noun

- the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people(syn: accent, idiom)

the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English
it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy

Examples

They speak a southern dialect of French.

The author uses dialect in his writing.

The play was hard to understand when the characters spoke in dialect.

the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English

it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy

Her cousins were babbling in an unfamiliar dialect.

This word instantiates the usage that the linguists claimed to be typical for a certain dialect

The linguists could not instantiate this sense of the noun that he claimed existed in a certain dialect

Koine is a dialect of ancient Greek that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean area in Roman times

the Beijing dialect uses four tones

a nonstandard dialect is one used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups

some words in her dialect had a charming quaintness

Word forms

noun
singular: dialect
plural: dialects
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