What does dialect mean?

Definitions for dialectˈdaɪ əˌlɛkt

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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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dialect

    dī′a-lekt, n. a variety or form of a language peculiar to a district: a non-literary vernacular: a peculiar manner of speaking.—adj. Dialect′al.—adv. Dialect′ally.—ns. Dialect′icism; Dialectol′ogist; Dialectol′ogy. [Through Fr. and L. from Gr. dialektos, speech, manner of speech, peculiarity of speech—dia, between, legein, to speak.]

Anagrams for dialect »

  1. citadel, deltaic, edictal, lactide


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dialect in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dialect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Max Weinreich:

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

  2. Thomas Hardy:

    Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.

  3. Lo Cascio:

    Dialect came to my aid, it is closer to feelings, to emotions, a spectator should be able to be carried along even if they don't understand every letter.

  4. Joshua Landis:

    Many of them are from rural Ethiopia, they speak Amharic and dialect, the vast majority were very slow to learn Hebrew because they were older. The younger generation does, but even 50 % of the younger generation don't graduate from high school.

  5. Elaine Higgleton:

    It's actually been around since the 1990s, and binge is an old Lincolnshire dialect word that made its way into common English in the 19th century, from a very slow start, it has really taken off exponentially as a term people are using every day.

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