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The things I see now on TV and in movies are so outlandish. Kids doing rude things with pies! And the language that they use! It's being outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. I can't watch it. It turns me off.
Sid Caesar

Meaning of "language" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LANGUAGE

From Old French langage, ultimately from Latin lingua tongue.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LANGUAGE

language  [ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LANGUAGE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Language is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES LANGUAGE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

language

Language

Language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication, and a language is any specific example of such a system. The scientific study of language is called linguistics. Estimates of the number of languages in the world vary between 6,000 and 7,000. However, any precise estimate depends on a partly arbitrary distinction between languages and dialects. Natural languages are spoken or signed, but any language can be encoded into secondary media using auditory, visual, or tactile stimuli – for example, in graphic writing, braille, or whistling. This is because human language is modality-independent. When used as a general concept, "language" may refer to the cognitive ability to learn and use systems of complex communication, or to describe the set of rules that makes up these systems, or the set of utterances that can be produced from those rules. All languages rely on the process of semiosis to relate signs with particular meanings.

Definition of language in the English dictionary

The first definition of language in the dictionary is a system for the expression of thoughts, feelings, etc, by the use of spoken sounds or conventional symbols. Other definition of language is the faculty for the use of such systems, which is a distinguishing characteristic of man as compared with other animals. Language is also the language of a particular nation or people.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LANGUAGE


advantage
ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ
age
eɪdʒ
average
ˈævərɪdʒ
bridge
brɪdʒ
college
ˈkɒlɪdʒ
coverage
ˈkʌvərɪdʒ
damage
ˈdæmɪdʒ
heritage
ˈhɛrɪtɪdʒ
image
ˈɪmɪdʒ
knowledge
ˈnɒlɪdʒ
manage
ˈmænɪdʒ
messuage
ˈmɛswɪdʒ
metalanguage
ˈmɛtəˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ
nonlanguage
ˌnɒnˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ
paralanguage
ˈpærəˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ
protolanguage
ˌprəʊtəʊˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ
sandwich
ˈsænwɪdʒ
slanguage
ˈslæŋɡwɪdʒ
squidge
skwɪdʒ
sublanguage
ˈsʌbˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LANGUAGE

language barrier
language development
language laboratory
language school
language skills
languageless
langue
langue d´oc
langue de chat
langued
Languedoc
Languedoc-Roussillon
languescent
languet
languid
languidly
languidness
languish
languisher

WORDS THAT END LIKE LANGUAGE

American sign language
artificial language
body language
command language
community language
English as a Foreign Language
English as a Second Language
first language
formal language
high-level language
modern language
native language
natural language
plain language
programming language
second language
sign language
source language
speak the same language
target language
Unified Modeling Language

Synonyms and antonyms of language in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LANGUAGE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «language» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of language

Translation of «language» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LANGUAGE

Find out the translation of language to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of language from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «language» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

语言
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

idioma
570 millions of speakers

English

language
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भाषा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لُغَةٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

язык
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

língua
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভাষা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

langue
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bahasa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Sprache
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

言葉
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

언어
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Basa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ngôn ngữ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மொழி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भाषा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

dil
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

linguaggio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

język
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

мова
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

limbă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γλώσσα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

taal
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

språk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

språk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of language

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LANGUAGE»

The term «language» is very widely used and occupies the 636 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LANGUAGE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «language» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «language» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about language

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «LANGUAGE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word language.
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Peter Akinola
It is wrong to use equal language for unequal actions.
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Howard Barker
I am so far as I am aware not at all influenced by dramatists, expect for Shakespeare, who I have to say, it is impossible not to be influenced by if you hold language to be the major element of theatre.
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Stephanie Beacham
I took some classes in sign language when I was in my early teens because I was told that I would be completely deaf very early. But I never really wanted to learn.
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Joseph Brodsky
For boredom speaks the language of time, and it is to teach you the most valuable lesson of your life - the lesson of your utter insignificance.
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Joseph Brodsky
A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.
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Joseph Brodsky
Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not as a guide through the world, then as a yardstick for the language.
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Michael Cadnum
Through language, we can tell the truth and hear the truth spoken, just as we can be deceived. Sometimes it's a painful realization: we can be lied to. As I write, I think of myself as putting my eye under oath, so that what I write is the truth about my characters.
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Sid Caesar
If you listen to a language for 15 minutes, you know the rhythm and song.
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Sid Caesar
The things I see now on TV and in movies are so outlandish. Kids doing rude things with pies! And the language that they use! It's being outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. I can't watch it. It turns me off.
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Michael Chang
I see tendencies, I see body language.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LANGUAGE»

Discover the use of language in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to language and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Language
This book is concerned to expound and analyse ancient theories of language.
Stephen Everson, 1994
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On Nature and Language
This is followed by some of Chomsky's recent writings on these themes, together with a penetrating interview in which Chomsky provides the clearest and most elegant introduction to current theory available.
Noam Chomsky, Adriana Belletti, Luigi Rizzi, 2002
3
Language and Mind
Presents a collection of essays on language and mind. This book brings the author's influential approach into the twenty-first century.
Noam Chomsky, 2006
4
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
Two hundred and fifty-three archetypal patterns consisting of problem statements, discussions, illustrations, and solutions provide lay persons with a framework for engaging in architectural design
Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, 1977
5
Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use
Attempts to indentify the fundamental concepts of language, argues that the study of language reveals hidden facts about the mind, and looks at the impact of propaganda.
Noam Chomsky, 1986
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Language and Problems of Knowledge: The Managua Lectures
Contains the text to five lectures given by Noam Chomsky about the nature, origins, and current concerns of the field of linguistics.
Noam Chomsky, 1988
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Language
The book presents the fundamentals of Linguistics and the historical survey of languages to the reader without any complication and obscurity.
‎1994
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Language and Social Relations
Provides a way of accounting for the relationship between language and a variety of social phenomena.
Asif Agha, 2007
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Language: The Basics
Written in an engaging and entertaining style, this book provides a clear overview of the key topics and an explanation of the basic terms and ideas.
R. L. Trask, 2004
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Language Play
In this exhilarating and often hilarious book, David Crystal examines why we devote so much time and energy to language games, how professionals make a career of them, and how young children instinctively take to them.
David Crystal, 1998

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LANGUAGE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term language is used in the context of the following news items.
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Call highlights 111 language problems | Radio New Zealand News
A 12-minute phone call to police to report that Cissy Chen was missing has highlighted difficulties that people who do not speak English well ... «Radio New Zealand, Jul 15»
2
Te reo: language for life | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago …
This year's Maori Language Week, from July 22 to August 2, focuses on supporting parents' efforts to share te reo with their tamariki. Shane ... «Otago Daily Times, Jul 15»
3
Canterbury Japanese language students dance to Youkai Taisou …
Japanese language students across Canterbury have given the internet the gift of dance. More than 300 students and teachers from 15 ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
4
Brush up your bathroom Spanish: a truly crappy language lesson …
“What's so funny?” my husband asked as I cleaned coffee off our morning paper – the coffee I'd just spit up all over the page. I read him the ... «The Tico Times, Jul 15»
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P.G. Wodehouse's language is as American as it is British - Ideas …
Looking at Wodehouse's many, lasting contributions to the English language, though, a different picture emerges. “Extricating Young Gussie” is ... «Boston Globe, Jul 15»
6
The world's smallest language has only 100 words - and you can …
These neologisms demonstrate the cumulative quality of language, in which we use the known to describe the unknown. "It is by metaphor that ... «Businessinsider India, Jul 15»
7
Russian Language Village celebrates 50 years | Bemidji Pioneer
BEMIDJI -- In the summer of 1966, Concordia Language Villages began offering Russian as its fifth language. This summer, the Russian ... «Bemidji Pioneer, Jul 15»
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Greenfield Park residents plant flowers in ongoing language dispute …
Many believe a language dispute between Longueuil Mayor Caroline St-Milaire and Greenfield Park borough president Robert Myles is behind ... «CTV News, Jul 15»
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English is now a foreign language in London, says Terence Stamp …
'When I grew up in East London everyone seemed to speak English, and now you can barely get by speaking our own language.' Stamp, who ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
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Language interpreters needed for local health care - Opinion - The …
I concede that hiring a trained interpreter for every language encountered daily is logistically challenging and a significant business expense. «Scranton Times-Tribune, Jul 15»

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