Definition of dead language in English:

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dead language


A language no longer in everyday spoken use, such as Latin.
Example sentences
  • The other part of Jonathon understood the language that Minoie was speaking: a dead language of antiquity which was remembered only in the ceremonial prayers of the Rentaio.
  • To memorize ancient chants and spells is not so very different from learning the dead languages of Latin and Greek.
  • The film is shot entirely in the dead languages of Aramaic and Latin, the two that would have been spoken around the time of Jesus' life in Jerusalem.

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Syllabification: dead lan·guage

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