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

  • n. The study of the nature, structure, and variation of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The scientific study of language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of languages, or of the origin, signification, and application of words; glossology.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of languages, or of the origin and history of words; the general and comparative study of human languages and of their elements. Also called comparative philology.

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

  • n. the humanistic study of language and literature
  • n. the scientific study of language

Etymologies

linguist +‎ -ics (Wiktionary)

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