from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Language viewed as a system including vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation of a particular community.
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- n. Language as a system rather than language in use, including the formal rules, structures, and limitations of language.
French, from Old French; see language.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)