Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency.
  • adjective Using two languages in some proportion in order to facilitate learning by students who have a native proficiency in one language and are acquiring proficiency in the other.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or expressed in two languages.
  • noun A person who uses or is able to use two languages, especially with equal fluency.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Containing or expressed in two languages; recorded in two versions of different language.
  • Speaking two languages or a mixture of two.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Containing, or consisting of, two languages; expressed in two languages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having the ability to speak two languages
  • adjective Spoken or written in two different languages
  • adjective Characterized by the use or presence of two languages
  • noun A person who is bilingual.

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

  • adjective using or knowing two languages
  • noun a person who speaks two languages fluently

Etymologies

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bi- +‎ lingual

Examples

  • The term bilingual education ought to mean teaching people to become

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The term bilingual education ought to mean teaching people to become bilingual, but like many other liberal terms, it means the opposite of what it seems to say.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Mitch Daniels, a Republican, filled four empty slots on the board of the Indiana School for the Deaf, which was founded more than 165 years ago and promotes what it calls a bilingual, bicultural philosophy that includes American Sign Language and English.

    The Seattle Times

  • Indiana School for the Deaf, which was founded more than 165 years ago and promotes what it calls a bilingual, bicultural philosophy that includes American Sign Language and English.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Venezuela also provides specialized education for the deaf population, and in this video, school staff explain how they go around teaching deaf children who may also suffer from cognitive deficiencies in what they call a bilingual environment.

    Global Voices Online

  • Venezuela also provides specialized education for the deaf population, and in this video, school staff explain how they go around teaching deaf children who may also suffer from cognitive deficiencies in what they call a bilingual environment.

    Global Voices Online

  • Venezuela also provides specialized education for the deaf population, and in this video, school staff explain how they go around teaching deaf children who may also suffer from cognitive deficiencies in what they call a bilingual environment.

    AllDeaf.com

  • Venezuela also provides specialized education for the deaf population, and in this video, school staff explain how they go around teaching deaf children who may also suffer from cognitive deficiencies in what they call a bilingual environment.

    Global Voices Online

  • Venezuela also provides specialized education for the deaf population, and in this video, school staff explain how they go around teaching deaf children who may also suffer from cognitive deficiencies in what they call a bilingual environment.

    Global Voices Online

  • The fact that I am bilingual is something I am extremely proud of.

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