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monolingual

[mon-uh-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l] /ˌmɒn əˈlɪŋ gwəl or, Canadian, -ˈlɪŋ gyu əl/
adjective
1.
knowing or able to use only one language; monoglot.
2.
spoken or written in only one language.
noun
3.
a monolingual person.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; mono- + lingual
Related forms
monolingualism, noun
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Examples from the web for monolingual
  • But when that enemy is mixed in with the people you're trying to secure, you can't afford to be monolingual and culturally deaf.
  • What is remarkable is how monolingual many campuses are.
  • Unlike their monolingual peers, they learned to switch their attention to the other square.
  • Many stay out of or delay school as a consequence, staying at home with their monolingual parents.
  • monolingual citizens not infrequently feel threatened by this aspect of modern life.
  • Research is reviewed in each area, comparing the development of these skills by bilingual and monolingual children.
  • Three tests were conducted to contrast the ability of bilingual and monolingual children to label and relabel objects.
British Dictionary definitions for monolingual

monolingual

/ˌmɒnəʊˈlɪŋɡwəl/
adjective
1.
knowing or expressed in only one language
noun
2.
a monolingual person
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