Definition of language in English:


Line breaks: lan|guage
Pronunciation: /ˈlaŋgwɪdʒ


  • 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 development
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    • 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 language
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    • 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.
    speech, writing, communication, verbal expression, verbalization, vocalization, conversation, speaking, talking, words, utterance, vocabulary, articulation, enunciation, pronunciation, talk, discourse, interchange, intercourse, interaction
    archaic converse
  • 2A system of communication used by a particular country or community: the book was translated into twenty-five languages
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    • 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.
    tongue, speech, mother tongue, native tongue, dialect, vernacular; Indian bhasha
    informal lingo
  • 2.1 Computing A system of symbols and rules for writing programs or algorithms: the systems were developed using languages such as Fortran and Basic
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    • 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.


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 language
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  • 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'.

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