NounLanguage (countable and uncountable; plural Languages)
- (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
- (uncountable) The ability to communicate using words.
- the gift of language
- (countable or uncountable) Nonverbal communication.
- body language
- (computing, countable) A computer language.
- (uncountable) The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.
- legal language
- (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.
- (uncountable) Profanity.
- Adjectives often applied to "language": spoken, written, abusive, foul, vulgar, coarse, offensive, obscene, explicit, insulting, modern, ancient, natural, artificial, constructed, formal, figurative, metaphorical, literal, national, international, technical, legal, political, scientific, mathematical, endangered, extinct, plain, clear, complex, simple.
- (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
Adjectives for Language
various (pi); symbolical; evasive; abusive; well-known; clear; understandable; simple; clarified; easy; peculiar; profane; psychoanalytic; lovely; figurative; neighboring luminous; ungracious; graceless; energetic ominous; satirical; adopted; subservient impassioned; rhythmical; strenuous; lucid emphatic; precise; noble; judicious; conversational; similar; amicable; forcible; vio¬lent; unseemly; flexible; musical; refined primitive; wide-spread; copious; metrical; native; expressive; unmistakable; worthy passionate; maternal; extinct; warming; dead; universal; reviling; elegant; opprobrious; inoffensive; biblical; scrupulous; classical; provincial; concise; sublime; appropriate; nervous; unintelligible; official; elaborate; stilted; bombastic; temperate; winning; cordial; sensible; semibarbarous mystic; glowing; tart; strong; persuasive inadequate; provocative; hearty; lustful animated; rude; decorous; uncensored; remarkable; felicitous; colloquial; declarative emotional; melodious; informal; striking; paradoxical; imaginative; contemptuous; coarse; embellished; pleasurable; impossible; vehement; rugged; vigorous; idiomatic; austere; traditional; high-flown; hidden; spiritual; characteristic; artificial; lifeless; sacred; colorless; symbolic; euphonious; literary; immoderate; festive; impious.
Verbs for Language
a; bolt—; broaden—; clothe in—; command—; corrupt—; decipher—; decode —; defile—; interpret—; manipulate—; master—; mold—; mutilate—; purify—; restrict—; revive—; strangle—; vitalize—; vulgarize—; —abounds in; —bears witness; —bristles with; —flows; —lilts; —survives.
Abnaki, Afghan, Afghani, Afrikaans, Afro-Asiatic, Ainu, Akan, Akkadian, Albanian, Aleut, Algonquian, Algonquin, Amharic, Anatolian, Anatolic, Andaman, Annamese, Anzanite, Apache, Arabic, Aramaic, Araucanian, Arawak, Arawakan, Armenian, Arulo, Aryan, Assamese, Athapaskan, Austral, Austronesian, Avestan, Aymara, Aztec, Balinese, Baluchi, Bashkir, Basque, Batak, Bellacoola, Bengali, Berber, Bhili, Bihari, Bikol, Bini, Blackfoot, Blaia Zimondal, Brahui, Brythonic, Buginese, Burmese, Burushaski, Buryat, Bushman, Byelorussian, Cantonese, Carolinian, Caspian, Castilian, Catalan, Caucasian, Chad, Cham, Cheremis, Cherokee, Chibcha, Chibchan, Chin, Chinese, Chinookan, Chuvash, Coptic, Cornish, Cuman, Czech, Dafla, Dalmatian, Danish, Dinka, Dravidian, Dutch, Dyak, Edo, Efatese, Egyptian, Elamitic, English, Eskimo, Eskimo-Aleut, Esperantido, Esperanto, Estonian, Ethiopic, Europan, Euskarian, Ewe, Faeroese, Faliscan, Fijian, Finnic, Finnish, Flemish, Fox, French, Frisian, Fula, Fulani, Gadaba, Gaelic, Galcha, Galla, Garo, Gaulish, Geez, Georgian, German, Germanic, Gold, Goldi, Gondi, Gothic, Greek, Guanche, Guarani, Gur, Gypsy, Haida, Haitian Creole, Hamito-Semitic, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hellenic, Hindustani, Hittite, Ho, Hokaltecan, Hokan-Siouan, Hopi, Hottentot, Iban, Ibanag, Ibo, Icelandic, Idiom Neutral, Igorot, Illyrian, Indic, Indo-Aryan, Indo-Chinese, Indo-European, Indo-Hittite, Interlingua, Irish, Iroquoian, Italian, Italic, Ivatan, Kachin, Kafiri, Kalmuck, Kamasin, Kamchadal, Kanarese, Kara-Kalpak, Karamojong, Karankawa, Karelian, Kashmiri, Kashubian, Kechumaran, Keres, Ket, Khamti, Kharia, Khasi, Khmer, Khoisan, Khondi, Khosa, Khowar, Kickapoo, Kiowa Apache, Kirghiz, Kiriwina, Kitunahan, Kodagu, Kohistani, Koiari, Kolami, Koluschan, Komi, Konkani, Korean, Korwa, Koryak, Kui, Kuki, Kuki-Chin, Kumyk, Kunama, Kurdish, Kurukh, Kutchin, Kutenai, Kwa, Ladino, Lahnda, Lampong, Lamut, Lao, Lapp, Latin, Latinesce, Latvian, Lettish, Libyan, Ligurian, Limbu, Lingualumina, Lingvo Kosmopolita, Lithuanian, Livonian, Low German, Luorawetlan, Lusatian, Luwian, Lycian, Lydian, Macedonian, Madurese, Magyar, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Malayo-Polynesian, Maltese, Manchu, Mandarin, Mande, Mandingo, Mangarevan, Manobo, Manx, Maori, Marathi, Maya, Mayan, Meithei, Mende, Messapian, Micronesian, Middle English, Middle Greek, Middle High German, Middle Persian, Mishmi, Mishongnovi, Misima, Miskito, Mon, Monario, Mongolian, Mongolic, Mordvin, Mordvinian, Moro, Mru, Munda, Muong, Mura, Muran, Murmi, Muskogean, Muskogee, Na-dene, Naga, Nahuatlan, Nepali, Newari, Ngala, Ngbaka, Niasese, Nicobarese, Niuean, Nogai, Nootka, Norwegian, Nov-Esperanto, Nov-Latin, Novial, Occidental, Optez, Oraon, Oriya, Oscan, Osco-Umbrian, Osmanli, Ossetic, Ostyak, Otomanguean, Pahlavi, Palaic, Palau, Palaung, Paleo-Asiatic, Pali, Pampango, Pangasinan, Papuan, Pashto, Pasigraphy, Paya, Penutian, Permian, Persian, Phrygian, Piman, Plattdeutsch, Polabian, Polish, Polynesian, Portuguese, Prakrit, Punic, Punjabi, Quechua, Quechuan, Ritwan, Ro, Romaic, Romanal, Romance, Romanic, Romansh, Romany, Russian, Ruthenian, Sabellian, Saharan, Sakai, Salish, Samoan, Samoyed, Samoyedic, Sanskrit, Sardinian, Sasak, Scandinavian, Selung, Semitic, Serbo-Croatian, Shan, Shilha, Shluh, Shoshonean, Siamese, Sinhalese, Sino-Tibetan, Siouan, Skittagetan, Slavic, Slavonic, Slovak, Slovene, Slovenian, Sogdian, Sorbian, Soyot, Spanish, Sudanic, Sumerian, Susian, Swahili, Swedish, Syriac, Syryenian, Tagalog, Tagula, Tahitian, Takelma, Takilman, Tamashek, Tamaulipec, Tanoan, Taracahitian, Tarascan, Tavgi, Taw-Sug, Thraco-Phrygian, Tibeto-Burman, Tigre, Tipura, Tocharian, Toda, Tsimshian, Tuareg, Tulu, Tungus, Tungusic, Tupi-Guaranian, Turanian, Turkic, Turkish, Turko-Tartar, Turkoman, Ugric, Uighur, Umbrian, Ural-Altaic, Uralian, Urdu, Uto-Aztecan, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Visayan, Vote, Votyak, Wa, Welsh, White Russian, Xhosa, Yakut, Yeniseian, Yiddish, Yoruba, Yukaghir, Yukian, Yurak, Zenaga, Zulu, agglutinative, analytic, argot, cant, choice of words, communication, composition, dialect, diction, dictionary, expression, formulation, grammar, idiom, incorporative, inflectional, interaction, intercourse, isolating, jargon, language, lexicon, lingo, locution, monosyllabic, palaver, parlance, patois, phrase, phraseology, phrasing, polysynthetic, polytonic, rhetoric, slang, speech, style, synthetic, talk, terminology, tongue, usage, use of words, usus loquendi, verbiage, vernacular, vocabulary, wordage, wording, words
Middle English language from Old French language from Vulgar Latin * linguāticum, from Latin lingua (“tongue, speech, language”) from Old Latin 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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Language m. (plural Languages)
- Archaic spelling of langage.
Language m. (plural Languages)
- language (style of communicating)
- language (style of communicating)