Definitions

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

  • n. A language, such as Latin, that is no longer learned as a native language by a speech community.

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  • n. a language which no longer has any native speakers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a language which is no longer spoken or in common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

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

  • n. a language that is no longer learned as a native language

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Examples

  • The Zend was the ancient language of Media, as is proved by its affinity with the dialects of Armenia and Georgia; it was already a dead language under the Arsacides in the country which was the scene of the events recorded in the Zendavesta.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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