Language - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ|  American pronunciation of the word language
Brit.  |ˈlaŋɡwɪdʒ|  British pronunciation of the word language


- a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
- (language) communication by word of mouth(syn: speech)
- the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number(syn: lyric, words)
- the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
- the mental faculty or power of vocal communication(syn: speech)
- a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline(syn: nomenclature, terminology)


How many languages do you speak?

French is her first language.

The book has been translated into several languages.

He's learning English as a second language.

A new word that has recently entered the language

The formal language of the report

The beauty of Shakespeare's language

She expressed her ideas using simple and clear language.

He is always careful in his use of language.

His companion rounded on him with a torrent of abusive language.

It took him several years to master the language.

Andrea's native language is German.

For the majority of Tanzanians, Swahili is their second language.

She had lived in Italy for years, and her command of the language was excellent.

I didn't speak much Japanese, and I was worried that the language barrier might be a problem.

Word forms

singular: language
plural: languages
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