trilingual
adjective Date: 1834 consisting of, having, or expressed in three languages <
trilingual countries
>
<
a trilingual joke
>
; also familiar with or able to use three languages <
a trilingual teacher
>
trilingually adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Trilingual — Tri*lin gual, a. [L. trilinguis; tri (see {Tri }) + lingua tongue, language. See {Lingual}.] Containing, or consisting of, three languages; expressed in three languages. [1913 Webster] The much noted Rosetta stone . . . bears upon its surface a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trilingual — 1834, from TRI (Cf. tri ) + L. lingua language, lit. tongue (see LINGUAL (Cf. lingual)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • trilingual — ► ADJECTIVE 1) speaking three languages fluently. 2) written or conducted in three languages. DERIVATIVES trilingualism noun …   English terms dictionary

  • trilingual — [trī liŋ′gwəl] adj. [< L trilinguis (< tri ,TRI + lingua, tongue: see LANGUAGE) + AL] 1. of or in three languages 2. using or capable of using three languages, esp. with equal or nearly equal facility trilingually adv …   English World dictionary

  • trilingual — 1. adjective a) Able to read or speak three languages. b) Expressed or written in three languages. 2. noun A trilingual person. See Also: trilingualism, trilingually …   Wiktionary

  • trilingual — tri|lin|gual [ˌtraıˈlıŋgwəl] adj 1.) able to speak three languages 2.) using three languages ▪ a trilingual medieval inscription …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • trilingual — trilingualism, n. trilingually, adv. /truy ling gweuhl/ or, Can., / ling gyooh euhl/, adj. using, speaking, or involving three languages. [1825 35; < L trilingu(is) triple tongued + AL1. See TRI , LINGUAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • trilingual — tri|lin|gual [ traı lıŋgwəl ] adjective able to speak three languages a. involving three languages or written in three languages …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • trilingual — tri·lin·gual || ‚traɪ lɪŋgwÉ™l adj. able to communicate in three different languages; expressed in three different languages …   English contemporary dictionary

  • trilingual — adjective speaking three languages fluently. ↘written or conducted in three languages. Derivatives trilingualism noun …   English new terms dictionary

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