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monoglot

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnə(ʊ)ɡlɒt
 
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Definition of monoglot in English:

adjective

Using or speaking only one language: monoglot Irish-speakers
More example sentences
  • He is the darling of German society magazines and is the kind of multilingual European who puts monoglot Brits to shame.
  • Growing up bilingual in English and German, Hobsbawm picked up three or four other languages along the way (he reproves monoglot historians for their provincialism).
  • At the 1981 census, there were little over 80,000 speakers, with only a few hundred under the age of five and there are few monoglot speakers above this age.

noun

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A person who speaks only one language.
Example sentences
  • One group is sure to complain about such an arrangement, and that is the small number of Mainlander Mandarin monoglots.
  • Thus Bill Labov is not a monoglot, as it happens, but I don't believe that any of his major contributions depend on his speaking or reading any languages other than English.
  • Lest the reader think that I am flexing my achievements here, I should also point out that despite several years of Spanish and some time knocking around in Germany, I'm a hopeless monoglot.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek monoglōttos, from monos 'single' + glōtta 'tongue'.

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