Share this entry

language
American English: /ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ/
British English: /ˈlaŋɡwɪdʒ/

Translation of language in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 countable or uncountable (speech, means of communication) the language of gesture
    el lenguaje gestual or de los gestos
    (before noun) language acquisition
    adquisición (feminine) del lenguaje
    Example sentences
    • After spoken language came the written word, and the boy dove into literature with grim determination.
    • This play on the oral and written language mirrors the structure of the blues and the instrumental variations of jazz.
    • In Darwin's apt phrase, the ability of humans to learn language is ‘an instinctive tendency to acquire an art’.
  • 2 uncountable (style, terminology) scientific/poetic/high-flown language
    lenguaje científico/poético/elevado
    natural language (Computing)
    lenguaje natural
    I've never heard him use such language before
    nunca le había oído decir tales palabrotas
    watch o mind your language!
    ¡no digas palabrotas!
    language!
    ¡esa boca … !
    Example sentences
    • More specifically there are discussions of his language and poetic style as well as of the topics and ideas in his work.
    • And later, these men and women had to do a minute analysis of one another's diction, style, language, and so on.
    • His work, with its different theatrical styles and unique language, has invented an entirely new kind of theatre experience.
    Example sentences
    • Although phrased in diplomatic language, this was a clear warning to China not to seek to retake Taiwan by force.
    • The cardinal's claim, filed in court by his attorneys, is boilerplate legal defense language.
    • The serpentine syntax of legal language is often used to obfuscate meaning and confuse those outside the law.
  • 3 countable 3.1 (particular tongue) she's fluent in five languages
    habla cinco idiomas con fluidez
    the English language
    la lengua inglesa
    el idioma inglés
    first language
    (native tongue) lengua materna
    second language language course
    curso (masculine) de idiomas
    language degree
    licenciatura (feminine) en filología or idiomas
    language school
    escuela (feminine) de idiomas
    language skills
    aptitudes (feminine plural) lingüísticas
    language student
    estudiante (masculine and feminine) de idiomas
    language studies
    estudios (masculine plural) de idiomas
    language teacher language teaching
    enseñanza (feminine) de idiomas
    Example sentences
    • In many communities switching between languages serves important functions.
    • Such verse was unknown in classical Greek but common in Latin and the Celtic and Germanic languages.
    • In many communities, the language of choice is neither of Canada's two official languages.
    3.2 (Computing)
    Example sentences
    • It stands for Structured Query Language and is a language that all relational databases understand.
    • A simple port scanner can be written in under 15 minutes by a good programmer in a language such as Java or Perl.
    • Whether this is done by studying a programming language like C or PERL, or any of the many others, is immaterial.

Definition of language in:

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score: