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[ling-gwuh] /ˈlɪŋ gwə/
noun, plural linguae
[ling-gwee] /ˈlɪŋ gwi/ (Show IPA)
the tongue or a part like a tongue.
Origin of lingua
1665-75; < Latin; akin to tongue Unabridged
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  • But researchers have recently found that clicks are far more prevalent in the world's lingua franca than had been thought.
  • The universal lingua franca of our age is information.
  • Most of the artists embrace conceptualist strategies that have reigned as an academic lingua franca for three decades.
  • Plus, photos are the global lingua franca, so the app spread worldwide quickly.
  • Villagers typically are multilingual or speak a lingua franca that enables them to trade or marry into a neighboring clan.
  • C was an all-purpose language, a kind of lingua franca for the technological age, intended to spur collaboration.
  • Its lingua franca was parody, but playful mockery was never its aim.
  • Actors are different, but we've certainly developed a lingua franca.
  • She had learned the lingua franca in a world where everyone seemed to be using everyone else in a relentless drive for power.
  • Rock and pop have moved into the mainstream, edging out movie and show tunes as the world's musical lingua franca.
British Dictionary definitions for lingua


noun (anatomy) (pl) -guae (-ɡwiː)
the technical name for tongue
any tongue-like structure
Word Origin
C17: Latin
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lingua in Medicine

lingua lin·gua (lĭng'gwə)
n. pl. lin·guae (-gwē')

  1. The tongue.

  2. A tonguelike anatomical structure.

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