Definition of interlingua in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈlɪŋɡwə/


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.
Example sentences
  • 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) [mass noun] An artificial international language formed of elements common to the Romance languages, designed primarily for scientific and technical use.
Example sentences
  • 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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