I. noun Etymology: 2polyglot Date: circa 1645 1. one who is polyglot 2. capitalized a book containing versions of the same text in several languages; especially the Scriptures in several languages 3. a mixture or confusion of languages or nomenclatures II. adjective Etymology: Greek polyglōttos, from poly- + glōtta language — more at gloss Date: circa 1656 1. a. speaking or writing several languages ; multilingual b. composed of numerous linguistic groups <
a polyglot population
2. containing matter in several languages <
a polyglot sign
3. composed of elements from different languages 4. widely diverse (as in ethnic or cultural origins) <
a polyglot cuisine

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