Translation of language in Spanish:

language

Pronunciation: /ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ/

n

  • 1 c u (speech, means of communication) lenguaje (m) the language of gesture el lenguaje gestual or de los gestos (before n) language acquisition adquisición (f) del lenguaje
    More 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 u (style, terminology) lenguaje (m) scientific/poetic/high-flown language lenguaje científico/poético/elevado natural language [Comput] lenguaje natural bad language palabrotas (fpl), malas palabras (fpl) (esp AmL) 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 … !
    More 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.
    More 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 c 3.1 (particular tongue) idioma (m), lengua (f) 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 [Educ] primera lengua extranjera second language segunda lengua, segundo idioma (before n) language barrier barrera (f) idiomática or del idioma language course curso (m) de idiomas language degree licenciatura (f) en filología or idiomas language lab [colloquial/familiar], language laboratory laboratorio (m) de idiomas language school escuela (f) de idiomas language skills aptitudes (fpl) lingüísticas language student estudiante (mf) de idiomas language studies estudios (mpl) de idiomas language teacher profesor, -sora (m,f) de idiomas language teaching enseñanza (f) de idiomas 3.2 [Comput] lenguaje (m)
    More 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.
    More 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.

Definition of language in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day mandíbula
f
jaw …
Cultural fact of the day

Today is Fiesta de Santiago (St James' Day). The famous Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage of thousands of people from all over Spain and many other parts of Europe to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, takes place in the week leading up to St James' Day, 25 July. The city also has its fiestas around this time. The streets are full of musicians and performers for two weeks of celebrations culminating in the Festival del Apóstol.