lan·guage   [lang-gwij] Show IPA



a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition: the two languages of Belgium; a Bantu language; the French language; the Yiddish language.


communication by voice in the distinctively human manner, using arbitrary sounds in conventional ways with conventional meanings; speech.


the system of linguistic signs or symbols considered in the abstract ( opposed to speech).


any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another.


any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion, etc.: the language of mathematics; sign language.

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