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multilingual Syllabification: mul·ti·lin·gual
Pronunciation: /ˌməltēˈliNGɡwəl/

Definition of multilingual in English:


In or using several languages: a multilingual dictionary
More example sentences
  • Pinpointing the source of crosslinguistic influences in the interlanguage of a multilingual speaker is less straightforward.
  • In all multilingual communities speakers switch among languages or varieties as monolinguals switch among styles.
  • This model, to a certain extent, has encouraged students to be multilingual in their ethnic language, Indonesian and English.


Pronunciation: /ˈˌməltēˈliNGɡwəˌlizəm/ /ˈˌməltəˈliNGɡwəˌlizəm/ /ˈˌməlˌtīˈliNGɡwəˌlizəm/
Example sentences
  • A good example is Switzerland, where territorial unilingualism exists under federal multilingualism.
  • Although the promotion of multilingualism to foster cross-cultural understanding is to be applauded, there are also paradoxes in this.
  • Non-British immigration increased greatly after the Second World War and multilingualism has been encouraged since the 1970s.
Example sentences
  • Some of us have knowledge that can enable others to browse the web multilingually, and more importantly communicate multilingually.
  • Several have been published multilingually, reflecting Australia's attempt to gain high moral ground as world leader of the trade liberalisation project.
  • Simultaneously, transferable skills are acquired and practised, such as the ability to learn autonomously and to communicate and co-operate multilingually.

Words that rhyme with multilingual

bilingual, lingual, monolingual
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