Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, including, or expressed in several languages; multilingual: a polylingual software program.
  • adj. Using or able to use several languages: a polylingual translator.

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  • adj. of or pertaining to multiple languages; multilingual
  • adj. able to use multiple languages

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Examples

  • Starting with Japanese and passing through Chinese, German, South Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, French, and Spanish to Hindi, the polylingual list represents national languages of the most productive automobile-manufacturing countries in the world, aside from the United States, which would by the way currently rank third.

    The English Is Coming!

  • For charisma, Tettamanzi cannot measure up to Martini, a polylingual Jesuit, Biblical scholar, preacher and world traveler.

    Periscope

  • Kittehs can speak Latin, Lolspeek adn Dubl Dutch, mayking ICHC cheezfrends kittehlingual lyke polylingual, but wib fewer crackers.

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  • Anyway, given these polylingual cultures, I don't think people tend to have the same attitude toward "you should all speak English".

    English please

  • Juan de Oliver, the pioneer Franciscan Tagalist was still living and available for consultation, and the polylingual Jesuit, Francisco

    Doctrina Christiana The first book printed in the Philippines, Manila, 1593.

  • They sent some of these boys through comparison dictionaries in foreign tongues and then had their language checked by specialists who were truly polylingual.

    The Fourth R

  • They had sworn themselves to secrecy, had heard MacLeod's story with a polylingual burst of pious or blasphemous exclamations, and then they had scattered, each to the work assigned him.

    The Mercenaries

  • He also explores Mendelssohn's changing awareness of his religious heritage, Wagner's virulent anti-Semitic attack on Mendelssohn's music, the composer's complex relationship with his sister Fanny Hensel, herself a child prodigy and prolific composer, his avocation as a painter and draughtsman, and his remarkable, polylingual correspondence with the cultural elite of his time.

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  • Throughout there is a fierce joy in polylingual wordplay, as well as a litany of complaints about maladies bodily and psychological.

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  • Chao's sample-happy, polylingual, Latin-reggae hobo ballads set the template for a lot of the borderless music that is bubbling to the surface these days.

    Slate Magazine

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