bilingual /bʌɪˈlɪŋɡw(ə)l/

b

I. adjective

1. speaking two languages fluently

a bilingual secretary.
2. (of a text or an activity) written or conducted in two languages

bilingual dictionaries
bilingual education.
3. (of a country, city, or other community) using two languages, especially officially.
II. noun

a person fluent in two languages.
III. derivatives

bilingually
adverb


– origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin bilinguis, from bi- ‘having two’ + lingua ‘tongue’ + -al.

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