What does Language mean?

Definitions for Language
ˈlæŋ gwɪdʒLan·guage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Language.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. language, linguistic communicationnoun

    a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

    "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"

  2. speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communicationnoun

    (language) communication by word of mouth

    "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"

  3. lyric, words, languagenoun

    the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number

    "his compositions always started with the lyrics"; "he wrote both words and music"; "the song uses colloquial language"

  4. linguistic process, languagenoun

    the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication

    "he didn't have the language to express his feelings"

  5. language, speechnoun

    the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

    "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"

  6. terminology, nomenclature, languagenoun

    a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline

    "legal terminology"; "biological nomenclature"; "the language of sociology"


  1. Languagenoun

    Any system of symbols created for the purpose of communicating ideas, emotions, commands, etc., between sentient agents.

  2. Languagenoun

    Specifically: (computers) Any set of symbols and the rules for combining them which are used to specify to a computer the actions that it is to take; also referred to as a computer lanugage or programming language; as, JAVA is a new and flexible high-level language which has achieved popularity very rapidly.


  1. languagenoun

    A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.

  2. languagenoun

    The ability to communicate using words.

    the gift of language

  3. languagenoun

    Nonverbal communication.

    body language

  4. languagenoun

    A computer language.

  5. languagenoun

    The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.

    legal language

  6. languagenoun

    The particular words used in speech or a passage of text.

  7. languagenoun


  8. languagenoun

    Words, written or spoken, in a specific sequence that a person uses to describe, to a another person, the type of thoughts in their mind.

  9. languageverb

    To communicate by language; to express in language.

    Others were languaged in such doubtful expressions that they have a double sense. uE0004411uE001 Fuller.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Languagenoun

    any means of conveying or communicating ideas; specifically, human speech; the expression of ideas by the voice; sounds, expressive of thought, articulated by the organs of the throat and mouth

  2. Languagenoun

    the expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality

  3. Languagenoun

    the forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation

  4. Languagenoun

    the characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style

  5. Languagenoun

    the inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants

  6. Languagenoun

    the suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith; as, the language of flowers

  7. Languagenoun

    the vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge; as, medical language; the language of chemistry or theology

  8. Languagenoun

    a race, as distinguished by its speech

  9. Languageverb

    to communicate by language; to express in language

  10. Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]


  1. Language

    the type of which all languages are instances

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Language

    lang′gwāj, n. that which is spoken by the tongue: human speech: speech peculiar to a nation: style or expression peculiar to an individual: diction: any manner of expressing thought.—v.t. to express in language.—adjs. Lang′uaged, skilled in language; Lang′uageless (Shak.), speechless, silent; Lang′ued (her.), furnished with a tongue.—Dead language, one no longer spoken, as opp. to Living language, one still spoken; Flash language (see Flash). [Fr. langagelangue—L. lingua (old form dingua), the tongue, akin to L. lingēre, Gr. leichein.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. language

    The tool of the mind.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Language

    A verbal or nonverbal means of communicating ideas or feelings.

Editors Contribution

  1. language

    A form of communication we intuitively feel, know and understand as intelligent animals and human beings.

    We have various forms of language including speech, written and body language.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 5, 2020  
  2. language

    A systematic act, fact and ability to communicate by the use of words, definitions, expression, energy, structure, creativity, rules, sounds, voices, symbols, speech, typing, knowing, understanding or instructions.

    Language differs in each country yet people can communicate even if they do not speak or know a language.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  
  3. language

    The act, fact and ability to communicate using words.

    We all know what the language feels like as you can see it within a person as they look at you.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Language' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #472

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Language' in Written Corpus Frequency: #974

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Language' in Nouns Frequency: #150

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Language in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Language in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Language in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    Works of imagination should be written in very plain language the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

  2. Mohsin Ali Shaukat:

    True Love never needs the Expression of Words, It Speaks the Language Blessed by God and when it speaks, Only Miracles Happen. ”

  3. Paul de Man:

    The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.

  4. Sam Cochran:

    My first priority was to lower his voice, i could not outshout him, so I had to use the tone of my voice, which was very quiet, and my body language.

  5. Marion Cotillard:

    It's difficult for me because firstly the language is English with a particular accent and I was always afraid of not managing to pay tribute to a given text, particularly when you're talking about Shakespeare, so that for me was perhaps what intimidated me most.

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