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[muhl-tee-ling-gwuh l, muhl-tahy- or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l] /ˌmʌl tiˈlɪŋ gwəl, ˌmʌl taɪ- or, Canadian, -ˈlɪŋ gyu əl/
using or able to speak several or many languages with some facility.
spoken or written in several or many languages:
a multilingual broadcast.
dealing with or involving several or many languages:
a multilingual dictionary of business terms.
a multilingual person.
Origin of multilingual
1830-40; multi- + lingual
Related forms
multilingually, adverb
multilingualism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


able to speak more than two languages
written or expressed in more than two languages Compare bilingual, monolingual
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for multilingual

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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