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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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British Dictionary definitions for multilingualism

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 multilingualism

multilingual

adj.

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

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