Definition of sociolect in English:

sociolect

Line breaks: socio|lect
Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊsɪə(ʊ)lɛkt
 
, ˈsəʊʃɪə(ʊ)-/

noun

  • The dialect of a particular social class.
    More example sentences
    • A basic premise is that inequalities in society will be reflected in the distribution of social dialects (also called sociolects).
    • Ideology is firmly embedded in political manifestos, in genderlects, in sociolects with nothing put across as transparently as it seems.
    • That is, the poem's significance depends on the reader bringing to the text knowledge of the sociolect and of literary traditions that will uncover its initially hidden meanings.

Origin

1970s: from socio- + -lect as in dialect.

More definitions of sociolect

Definition of sociolect in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea