bilingual
adjective Etymology: Latin bilinguis, from bi- + lingua tongue — more at tongue Date: 1829 1. having or expressed in two languages <
a bilingual document
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an officially bilingual nation
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2. using or able to use two languages especially with equal fluency <
bilingual in English and Japanese
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3. of or relating to bilingual educationbilingual nounbilingually adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Bilingual — Bi*lin gual, a. [L. bilinguis; bis twice + lingua tongue, language.] Containing, or consisting of, two languages; expressed in two languages; as, a bilingual inscription; a bilingual dictionary. {Bi*lin gual*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bilingual — (adj.) 1818, from BI (Cf. bi ) + LINGUAL (Cf. lingual). Latin bilinguis meant literally two tongued, and, figuratively, speaking a jumble of languages, also double tongued, hypocritical, false …   Etymology dictionary

  • bilingual — ► ADJECTIVE 1) speaking two languages fluently. 2) expressed in or using two languages. DERIVATIVES bilingualism noun …   English terms dictionary

  • bilingual — [bī liŋ′gwəl] adj. [< L bilinguis (< bi , BI 1 + lingua, tongue) + AL] 1. of or in two languages 2. using or capable of using two languages, esp. with equal or nearly equal facility 3. designating a method of education in which students who …   English World dictionary

  • Bilingual — Sprachen der Welt Mit Bilingualismus wird das Phänomen bezeichnet, zwei Sprachen zu sprechen und/oder zu verstehen. Der Bilingualismus oder die Zweisprachigkeit wird zunächst in zweierlei Art verstanden: Die Bezeichnung kann sich sowohl auf… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • bilingual — UK [baɪˈlɪŋɡwəl] / US adjective 1) someone who is bilingual is able to speak two languages extremely well 2) involving or written in two languages bilingual education a bilingual dictionary Derived words: bilingual UK / US noun countable Word… …   English dictionary

  • bilingual — bilingually, adv. /buy ling gweuhl/ or, Can., / ling gyooh euhl/, adj. 1. able to speak two languages with the facility of a native speaker. 2. spoken, written, or containing similar information in two different languages: a bilingual dictionary; …   Universalium

  • bilingual — bi|lin|gual1 [ baı lıŋgwəl ] adjective 1. ) someone who is bilingual is able to speak two languages extremely well 2. ) involving or written in two languages: bilingual education a bilingual dictionary ╾ bi|lin|gual|ism noun uncount bilingual… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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