Definition of interlingua in English:


Syllabification: in·ter·lin·gua
Pronunciation: /ˌintərˈliNGgwə


  • 1An artificial language, devised for machine translation, that makes explicit the distinctions necessary for successful translation into a target language even where they are not present in the source language.
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    • Ideas about interlinguas are intimately tied up with ideas about the representation of meaning.
    • Two clearly different understandings of interlinguas were evident at the pre-workshop.
    • IL2, which is in its design stage, is intended to be an interlingua, albeit a relatively simple one.
  • 1.1 (Interlingua) An artificial international language formed of elements common to the Romance languages, designed primarily for scientific and technical use.
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    • As we speak, Esperanto is being corrupted by upstart languages such as Interlingua, Klingon, Java & various cryptophasic tongues.
    • In this blog, I intend to write about languages, to translate news about languages into Interlingua, and to talk about various other things that seem interesting to me.
    • The orthography of Interlingua is based on the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet with no diacritical or accent marks.


early 20th century: from inter- 'between' + Latin lingua 'tongue'.

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