Definition of mother tongue in English:

Share this entry

mother tongue

Pronunciation:

noun

The language which a person has grown up speaking from early childhood.
Example sentences
  • As a rule, interpreters are supposed to translate between their mother tongue and another language.
  • Many immigrants not only learn English in addition to their mother tongue, but also speak other languages.
  • Krio is spoken as a mother tongue by some 250,000 people in and around Freetown and by many more Sierra Leoneans as a second language.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: mother tongue

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.