Definitions for dialectˈdaɪ əˌlɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•a•lect*ˈdaɪ əˌlɛkt(n.)

  1. a variety of a language distinguished from other varieties by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary and by its use by a group of speakers set off from others geographically or socially.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. a provincial, rural, or socially distinct variety of a language that differs from the standard language.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. any special variety of a language:

    the literary dialect.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  4. a language considered as one of a group that have a common ancestor:

    Persian, Latin, and English are Indo-European dialects.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

* Syn: See language.

Origin of dialect:

1545–55; < L dialectus < Gk diálektos discourse, language, dialect, n. der. of dialégesthai to converse (dia-dia - +légein to speak)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dialect, idiom, accent(noun)

    the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

    "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dialect(noun)ˈdaɪ əˌlɛkt

    language used in a particular area of a country


  1. dialect(Noun)

    A variety of a language (specifically, often a spoken variety) that is characteristic of a particular area, community or group, often with relatively minor differences in vocabulary, style, spelling and pronunciation.

    A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.

  2. dialect(Noun)

    A dialect of a language perceived as substandard and wrong.

  3. Origin: From διάλεκτος, from διαλέγομαι, from διά + λέγω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dialect(noun)

    means or mode of expressing thoughts; language; tongue; form of speech

  2. Dialect(noun)

    the form of speech of a limited region or people, as distinguished from ether forms nearly related to it; a variety or subdivision of a language; speech characterized by local peculiarities or specific circumstances; as, the Ionic and Attic were dialects of Greece; the Yorkshire dialect; the dialect of the learned


  1. Dialect

    The term dialect is used in two distinct ways, even by linguists. One usage refers to a variety of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group of the language's speakers. The term is applied most often to regional speech patterns, but a dialect may also be defined by other factors, such as social class. A dialect that is associated with a particular social class can be termed a sociolect, a dialect that is associated with a particular ethnic group can be termed as ethnolect, and a regional dialect may be termed a regiolect or topolect. The other usage refers to a language that is socially subordinate to a regional or national standard language, often historically cognate to the standard, but not a variety of it or in any other sense derived from it. A framework was developed in 1967 by Heinz Kloss, Ausbau-, Abstand- and Dach-sprache, to describe speech communities, that while unified politically and/or culturally, include multiple dialects which though closely related genetically may be divergent to the point of inter-dialect unintelligibility. A dialect is distinguished by its vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Where a distinction can be made only in terms of pronunciation, the term accent is appropriate, not dialect. Other speech varieties include: standard languages, which are standardized for public performance; jargons, which are characterized by differences in lexicon; slang; patois; pidgins or argots.

Anagrams of dialect

  1. citadel, deltaic, edictal, lactide

Translations for dialect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a way of speaking found only in a certain area or among a certain group or class of people

They were speaking in dialect.

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