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polyglot

[pol-ee-glot] /ˈpɒl iˌglɒt/
adjective
1.
able to speak or write several languages; multilingual.
2.
containing, composed of, or written in several languages:
a polyglot Bible.
noun
3.
a mixture or confusion of languages.
4.
a person who speaks, writes, or reads a number of languages.
5.
a book, especially a Bible, containing the same text in several languages.
Origin of polyglot
1635-1645
1635-45; < Medieval Latin polyglōttus < Greek polýglōttos many-tongued. See poly-, -glot
Related forms
polyglotism, noun
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  • This polyglot variety of titles indicates a varied, though somewhat superficial, learning.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • The polyglot disturbance that ensued baffles all description.

  • This loud swelling volume of sound softens as the darkness deepens, and then only the polyglot wood-thrush is heard.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • She was unfortunate enough, however, to do this in the shop of a polyglot German.

  • After the polyglot love-making, Gretchen goes up steps and enters a house.

    From the Easy Chair, vol. 1 George William Curtis
  • This population is one of the most polyglot of any city in the world.

  • A moral, conveyed in a polyglot sample of weak passages from many a knowing man's career.

    The Spook Ballads William Theodore Parkes
  • Here, then, is the polyglot material with which our section-boss must work.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
British Dictionary definitions for polyglot

polyglot

/ˈpɒlɪˌɡlɒt/
adjective
1.
having a command of many languages
2.
written in, composed of, or containing many languages
noun
3.
a person with a command of many languages
4.
a book, esp a Bible, containing several versions of the same text written in various languages
5.
a mixture or confusion of languages
Derived Forms
polyglotism, polyglottism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek poluglōttos literally: many-tongued, from poly- + glōtta tongue
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Word Origin and History for polyglot
adj.

1650s, from Greek polyglottos "speaking many languages," literally "many-tongued," from polys "many" (see poly-) + glotta, Attic variant of glossa "language," literally "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)). As a noun from 1640s.

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