- 1 [mass noun] The method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way: a study of the way children learn language [as modifier]: language developmentMore example sentences
- After spoken language came the written word, and the boy dove into literature with grim determination.
- This play on the oral and written language mirrors the structure of the blues and the instrumental variations of jazz.
- In Darwin's apt phrase, the ability of humans to learn language is ‘an instinctive tendency to acquire an art’.
- 1.1A non-verbal method of expression or communication: body languageMore example sentences
- The interesting question is whether the non-verbal language is conscious or not.
- Neuroliguistic programing with nonverbal language might function… it works when I want to shoo away book sellers.
- Body language, expressions, and environmental cues can deepen emotional bonds.
- 2A system of communication used by a particular country or community: the book was translated into twenty-five languagesMore example sentences
- In many communities switching between languages serves important functions.
- Such verse was unknown in classical Greek but common in Latin and the Celtic and Germanic languages.
- In many communities, the language of choice is neither of Canada's two official languages.
- 2.1 Computing A system of symbols and rules for writing programs or algorithms: the systems were developed using languages such as Fortran and BasicMore example sentences
- It stands for Structured Query Language and is a language that all relational databases understand.
- A simple port scanner can be written in under 15 minutes by a good programmer in a language such as Java or Perl.
- Whether this is done by studying a programming language like C or PERL, or any of the many others, is immaterial.
- 3 [mass noun] The style of a piece of writing or speech: he explained the procedure in simple, everyday languageMore example sentences
- More specifically there are discussions of his language and poetic style as well as of the topics and ideas in his work.
- And later, these men and women had to do a minute analysis of one another's diction, style, language, and so on.
- His work, with its different theatrical styles and unique language, has invented an entirely new kind of theatre experience.
- 3.1The phraseology and vocabulary of a particular profession, domain, or group: legal languageMore example sentences
wording, diction, phrasing, phraseology, style, vocabulary, terminology, expressions, turns of phrase, parlance, manner of writing/speaking, way of talking, form/mode of expression, usages, locutions, idiolect, choice of words, rhetoric, oratory; speech, dialect, vernacular, regionalisms, provincialisms, localisms, patois, lingua franca, slang, idioms, colloquialisms, jargon, argot, barbarisms, vulgarisms, cant, newspeak; pidgin English, Creole
- Although phrased in diplomatic language, this was a clear warning to China not to seek to retake Taiwan by force.
- The cardinal's claim, filed in court by his attorneys, is boilerplate legal defense language.
- The serpentine syntax of legal language is often used to obfuscate meaning and confuse those outside the law.
- 3.2 (usually as bad/foul/strong language) Coarse or offensive language: the film contains some violence and bad languageMore example sentences
- A strict control of blasphemy and bad language and other offensive things was maintained.
- Caution: this article contains strong language and may be offensive to some readers.
- Profanity, vulgarity, bad language and all such other improprieties of speech were things that just might cause him to all but faint.
speak the same language
- Understand one another as a result of shared opinions or values: when it comes to business, we both speak the same languageMore example sentences
- In addition, she thinks that genuine fashion experts need a website that can speak the same language and recognise the value of, say, an original 1950s Chanel pastel-tweed suit.
- Maybe they are, but don't believe for a second that it follows that you'll understand them, or that you're actually speaking the same language.
- The JNIR speaks the same language as the media buyers, and it makes people understand the medium.
Middle English: from Old French langage, based on Latin lingua 'tongue'.