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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
1635-1645
1635-45; < Medieval Latin polyglōttus < Greek polýglōttos many-tongued. See poly-, -glot
Related forms
polyglotism, noun
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  • And the city is enriched by its polyglot culture in countless ways, including a blossoming of its arts scene.
  • Being bilingual, trilingual or a polyglot is an amazing feat.
  • Citizens of small countries are generally more polyglot than those of large ones.
  • Those came out on a team of polyglot models, each brandishing a shawl printed with her national flag.
  • For a polyglot, he is remarkably careless in his spelling of names.
  • Lee inspired his polyglot population to become the intellectual and technical center of the region.
  • All tents were different sizes, shapes, and color so the camp was a polyglot affair.
  • Water is allocated through a polyglot of unrelated regulations that affect some water users and not others.
  • The jails themselves are a polyglot of structures, some over fifty years old.
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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