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[dahy-uh-lek-tl] /ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tl/
of a dialect.
characteristic of a dialect.
Origin of dialectal
1825-35; dialect + -al1
Related forms
dialectally, adverb
interdialectal, adjective
interdialectally, adverb
nondialectal, adjective
nondialectally, adverb
subdialectal, adjective
subdialectally, adverb
Can be confused
dialectal, dialectic, dialectical (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
In linguistics dialectal, not dialectical, is the term more commonly used to denote regional or social language variation: Dialectal variation is more marked in the South than elsewhere in the United States. In general writing either term may be found. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Care needs to be taken not to interpret some grammatical errors or dialectal differences as evidence of a disorder.
  • Comprehension may be hindered by dialectal varieties of the language used by the characters.
Word Origin and History for dialectal

1831, from dialect + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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