noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle French dialecte, from Latin dialectus, from Greek dialektos conversation, dialect, from dialegesthai to converse — more at dialogue Date: 1577 1. a. a regional variety of language distinguished by features of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation from other regional varieties and constituting together with them a single language <
the Doric dialect of ancient Greek
b. one of two or more cognate languages <
French and Italian are Romance dialects
c. a variety of a language used by the members of a group <
such dialects as politics and advertising — Philip Howard
d. a variety of language whose identity is fixed by a factor other than geography (as social class) <
spoke a rough peasant dialect
e. register 4c f. a version of a computer programming language 2. manner or means of expressing oneself ; phraseologydialectal adjectivedialectally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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