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bilingual

[bahy-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l] /baɪˈlɪŋ gwəl or, Canadian, -ˈlɪŋ gyu əl/
adjective
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; Public notices at the embassy are bilingual.
3.
of, involving, or using two languages:
a bilingual community; bilingual schools.
noun
4.
a bilingual person.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Latin bilingu(is) (bi- bi-1 + lingu-, stem of lingua tongue + -is adj. suffix) + -al1
Related forms
bilingually, adverb
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Examples from the web for bilingual
  • Dora the Explorer has been taking preschoolers on bilingual adventures for 10 years.
  • Many bilingual individuals say they feel like a different person depending on which language they are speaking.
  • Of course, if you're already bilingual, you shouldn't need to read this book.
  • This bilingual tale introduces rainforest creatures.
  • My surroundings were bilingual, therefore I was.
  • People of all ages, but especially children, can easily be bilingual.
  • In this bilingual tale, a girl insists she is not sleepy at bedtime.
  • The help-wanted ad for this position is easy enough to assemble: Charismatic, photogenic, and bilingual academic wanted.
  • Written in the voice of a child, each bilingual book translates the English text into the protagonist's native language.
  • The objective in Catalonia is to have a bilingual population .
British Dictionary definitions for bilingual

bilingual

/baɪˈlɪŋɡwəl/
adjective
1.
able to speak two languages, esp with fluency
2.
written or expressed in two languages
noun
3.
a bilingual person
Derived Forms
bilingualism, noun
bilingually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bilingual
adj.

1818, from bi- + lingual. Latin bilinguis meant literally "two-tongued," and, figuratively, "speaking a jumble of languages," also "double-tongued, hypocritical, false."

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