mother tongue

mother tongue

[muhth-er tuhng for 1; muhth-er tuhng for 2]
noun
1.
the language first learned by a person; native language.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English moder tonge

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mother tongue
 
n
1.  the language first learned by a child
2.  a language from which another has evolved

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Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See native language
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