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

  • n. One's native language.
  • n. A parent language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The language one first learned; the language one grew up with; one's native language.
  • n. The language spoken by one’s ancestors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. The language of one's native land; native tongue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One's native language.
  • n. A tongue or language to which other languages owe their origin.

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

  • n. one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next

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