bilingualism

bilingualism

[bahy-ling-gwuh-liz-uhm or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh-]
noun
1.
the ability to speak two languages fluently.
2.
the habitual use of two languages.
3.
Canadian. a government-supported program encouraging all citizens to acquire a knowledge of both English and French.
Also, bilinguality [bahy-ling-gwal-i-tee or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-al-] .


Origin:
1870–75; bilingual + -ism

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bilingual (baɪˈlɪŋɡwəl)
 
adj
1.  able to speak two languages, esp with fluency
2.  written or expressed in two languages
 
n
3.  a bilingual person
 
bi'lingualism
 
n
 
bi'lingually
 
adv

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bilingualism
1873, from bilingual + -ism.
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