sub dialect

dialect

[dahy-uh-lekt]
noun
1.
Linguistics. a variety of a language that is distinguished from other varieties of the same language by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary, and by its use by a group of speakers who are set off from others geographically or socially.
2.
a provincial, rural, or socially distinct variety of a language that differs from the standard language, especially when considered as substandard.
3.
a special variety of a language: The literary dialect is usually taken as the standard language.
4.
a language considered as one of a group that have a common ancestor: Persian, Latin, and English are Indo-European dialects.
5.
jargon or cant.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin dialectus < Greek diálektos discourse, language, dialect, equivalent to dialég(esthai) to converse (dia- dia- + légein to speak) + -tos verbal adjective suffix

subdialect, noun


2. idiom, patois. See language.
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dialect (ˈdaɪəˌlɛkt)
 
n
a.  a form of a language spoken in a particular geographical area or by members of a particular social class or occupational group, distinguished by its vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation
 b.  a form of a language that is considered inferior: the farmer spoke dialect and was despised by the merchants
 c.  (as modifier): a dialect word
 
[C16: from Latin dialectus, from Greek dialektos speech, dialect, discourse, from dialegesthai to converse, from legein to talk, speak]
 
dia'lectal
 
adj

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dialect
1577, from M.Fr. dialecte, from L. dialectus "local language, way of speaking, conversation," from Gk. dialektos, from dialegesthai "converse with each other," from dia- "across, between" + legein "speak" (see lecture).
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