Definition of polyglot in English:

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polyglot

Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪɡlɒt/

adjective

1Knowing or using several languages: a polyglot career woman
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  • Finally, regional media is thriving on TV, satellite language channels are catering to polyglot populations in various parts of the country.
  • The polyglot orchestra backing her up plays world music from everywhere and nowhere that incorporates Middle Eastern clarinet, European glockenspiel and other mellifluous sounds in addition to Mexican mariachi guitar.
  • Rebecca West filled Black Lamb and Grey Falcon with brilliant speeches and diatribes by a polyglot cast of characters, and Furst has a similar cacophony of speakers analyzing every detail of the political situation.
1.1(Of a book) having the text translated into several languages: polyglot and bilingual technical dictionaries
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  • The advantages of printing in a university were exemplified in the polyglot Bible produced in 1502-22 at Alcalá de Henares.
  • The Polyglot Book of Mormon allows you see side-by-side passages for English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

noun

A person who knows and is able to use several languages: Slovenians, being surrounded by many countries, are mostly polyglots
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  • This is not the first time that a representative of The Netherlands - that distinguished nation of cycling polyglots - has cast aspersions on our linguistic abilities.
  • Older Luritja speakers may still be polyglots, however they consistently live in the same region, usually the same residential community, where the same language is consistently spoken.
  • It's not that we polyglots and film buffs are not worried.

Derivatives

polyglottal

Pronunciation: /pɒlɪˈɡlɒt(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • This Harbour is the pulse of the city and the people of Sydney are proud of the polyglottal, multi-cultural melting pot that has grown up around this sometimes blue, sometimes green, shimmering central organ.
  • It's great that this polyglottal octogenarian can still put the wind up blowhard moralists.
  • A blind Algerian rapper, a 12-year old Lebanese singer, a Syrian flautist, Hebrew vocalists, Polish gypsies, a Jewish clarinettist and Blur's Damon Albarn join Hall and Mushtaq in their polyglottal venture.

polyglottic

Pronunciation: /pɒlɪˈɡlɒtɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • It is polyglottic, using six different languages.
  • Of course, before we go any further in this polyglottic discussion, one should know that in Belgium we don't speak Belgian.

polyglottism

Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪɡlɒtɪz(ə)m/
noun
Example sentences
  • The author states that polyglotism unavoidably impedes thinking.
  • A further important dimension related to bilingualism and polyglotism is the age of acquisition of a given language.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French polyglotte, from Greek poluglōttos, from polu- 'many' + glōtta 'tongue'.

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