multilingualism

 /ˌmʌltɪˈlɪŋgwəlɪzəm/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
mul•ti•lin•gual /ˌmʌltiˈlɪŋgwəl, ˌmʌltaɪ-/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. using or able to speak several languages with some ease or ability:One has to be multilingual in many countries of Asia and Africa.
  2. spoken or written in several languages:a multilingual broadcast.
  3. of, involving, or dealing with several different languages:a multilingual dictionary.
mul•ti•lin•gual•ism,n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
mul•ti•lin•gual  (mul′tē linggwəl, mul′tī- or, Can., -linggyo̅o̅ əl), 
adj. 
  1. Linguisticsusing or able to speak several or many languages with some facility.
  2. Linguisticsspoken or written in several or many languages:a multilingual broadcast.
  3. Linguisticsdealing with or involving several or many languages:a multilingual dictionary of business terms.

n. 
  • Linguisticsa multilingual person.
  • Etymology:
    • multi- + lingual 1830–40
    mul′ti•lingual•ly, adv. 
    mul′ti•lingual•ism, n. 


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