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multilingual

[muhl-tee-ling-gwuh l, muhl-tahy- or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l] /ˌmʌl tiˈlɪŋ gwəl, ˌmʌl taɪ- or, Canadian, -ˈlɪŋ gyu əl/
adjective
1.
using or able to speak several or many languages with some facility.
2.
spoken or written in several or many languages:
a multilingual broadcast.
3.
dealing with or involving several or many languages:
a multilingual dictionary of business terms.
noun
4.
a multilingual person.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; multi- + lingual
Related forms
multilingually, adverb
multilingualism, noun
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Examples for multilingual
  • In today's global economy, companies value multilingual individuals.
  • But that also suggests that speaking one language is actively maintained in multilingual speakers.
  • They might also include the use of multilingual translations.
  • They will learn to function well in a multilingual and multicultural environment.
  • Ask your students if they perceive any benefits to being a multilingual speaker.
  • The multilingual computer knows only the facts that someone has taught it.
  • But many argue that multilingual programmes are advantageous.
  • It can, for example, be used to determine the right language in which to present a multilingual website.
  • It can help, for example, to determine the right language in which to present a multilingual website.
  • Not everyone was captivated by his erudition, multilingual wordplay and narrative frolics.
British Dictionary definitions for multilingual

multilingual

/ˌmʌltɪˈlɪŋɡwəl/
adjective
1.
able to speak more than two languages
2.
written or expressed in more than two languages Compare bilingual, monolingual
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Word Origin and History for multilingual
adj.

also multi-lingual, 1838, from multi- + Latin lingua "language," literally "tongue" (see lingual). Related: Multilingually; multilingualism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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