source language

noun
1.
the language in which a text appears that is to be translated into another language. Compare target language ( def 1 ).
2.
a language, usually the learner's native language, that is a source of interference in learning another language. Compare target language ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1955–60

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Example sentences
It means providing an equivalent meaning in the target language as the one stated in the source language.
The register, style, and tone of the source language should be conserved.
Being bilingual myself, more often than not you can find a translation that expresses the same meaning as the source language.
Each task requires performing translation from a given source language into the target language.
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