Definition of mother tongue in English:

mother tongue

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  • The language which a person has grown up speaking from early childhood.
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    • 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.

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Pronunciation: skōSH
a small amount; a little