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Etymology[]

Middle English language from Old French language from Vulgar Latin *linguaticum from Latin lingua (tongue, speech, language) from Template:OL.[[Category:Template:OL. derivations|Language]] dingua "tongue" from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s (tongue, speech, language). Displaced native Middle English rearde, ȝerearde "language" (from Old English reord "language, speech"), Middle English londspreche, londspeche "language" (from Old English *landspræc "language, national tongue"), Old English þēod and þēodisc, "language".

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Noun[]

Singular
Language

Plural
s

Language (s)

  1. (countable) A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.
    the English language
    sign language
    • 1900, William Beckford, The History of the Caliph Vathek[1], page 50:
      "No language could express his rage and despair."
  2. (uncountable) The ability to communicate using words.
    the gift of language
  3. (countable or uncountable) Nonverbal communication.
    body language
  4. (computing, countable) A computer language.
  5. (uncountable) The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.
    legal language
  6. (uncountable) The particular words used in speech or a passage of text.
    The language he used to talk to me was obscene.
    The language used in the law does not permit any other interpretation.
  7. (uncountable) Profanity.
    • 1978, James Carroll, Mortal Friends[2], ISBN 0440157897, page 500:
      "Where the hell is Horace?" ¶"There he is. He's coming. You shouldn't use language."

Synonyms[]

  • (system of communication): lingo (colloquial), tongue, speech, parlance
  • (computer language): computer language, programming language
  • (vocabulary of a particular field): jargon, phraseology, terminology
  • (particular words used): lexis, phraseology, phrasing, terms, wording, words

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French[]

Noun[]

Language m. (plural Languages)

  1. Template:Archaic spelling of

Middle French[]

Noun[]

Template:Frm-noun

  1. language (style of communicating)

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  • langue

Old French[]

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Etymology[]

Late Latin *linguaticum, from Classical Latin lingua (tongue, language).

Noun[]

Template:Fro-noun-f

  1. language (style of communicating)

Descendants[]

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  • langue, lingue

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