from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An artificial international language based on English.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An artificial language created in 1879 by Johann Martin Schleyer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Literally, world's speech; the name of an artificial language invented by Johan Martin Schleyer, of Constance, Switzerland, about 1879.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificial language for international use, invented about 1879 by Johann Martin Schleyer, of Constance, Baden.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the first artificial language constructed for use as an auxiliary international language; based largely on English but with some German and French and Latin roots


Volapük : vola, genitive sing. of vol, world (alteration of English world) + pük, speech (alteration of English speech).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Volapük Volapük. (Wiktionary)


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  • An artificial language, constructed in 1879-1880 by Johann Martin Schleyer, in an attempt to create an international language.

    June 8, 2009