Definitions

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

  • adjective Of, including, or expressed in several languages.
  • adjective Using or having the ability to use several languages.

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  • adjective Pertaining to multiple languages.
  • adjective of a person able to communicate fluently in multiple languages

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  • adjective using or knowing more than one language

Etymologies

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multi- + -lingual

Examples

  • The World Digital Library makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

    The World Digital Library is now live

  • The feature, he adds, has a certain multilingual appeal as well.

    El Sexo Vende | PopPolitics.com

  • The feature, he adds, has a certain multilingual appeal as well.

    El Sexo Vende | PopPolitics.com

  • The feature, he adds, has a certain multilingual appeal as well.

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  • Firstly that initial training courses for native speaker teachers have traditionally taken place (and still do) in multilingual settings in the UK and secondly that itinerant native speaker teachers feel uncomfortable with translation in class if they don’t speak the learners L1.

    T is for Translation « An A-Z of ELT

  • With Web-Translations’ experience in multilingual websites and online promotion, many were keen for more information, though were happier to refer to a website when at home, rather than carry away printed information on the day: does Germany already have an engrained green streak?

    Web Translations » Blog Archive » They’re not shy on the continent…

  • The Logos Wordtheque is a word-by-word multilingual library with a massive database (325,916,827 words as of December 10, 1998) containing multilingual novels, technical literature and translated texts.

    From the Print Media to the Internet

  • The Logos Wordtheque is a word-by-word multilingual library with a massive database of 325,916,827 words extracted from multilingual novels, technical literature and translated texts.

    Technology and Books for All

  • But then I think about what is probably my main barrier in gaining the ability to be multilingual, which is opportunities to use the language, and the problem with opportunity lies with my personality.

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  • Perhaps we could see the rise of "multilingual" niche presses in the future, that specialise in translation rights of sff novels between English and other languages.

    MIND MELD: Guide to International SF/F (Part III)

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  • "We need to become more multilingual in our thinking and in our abilities."

    David Crystal, The Language Revolution

    September 28, 2008