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ˈdaɪ əˌlɛktdi·alect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dialect, idiom, accentnoun

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. dialectnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From διάλεκτος, from διαλέγομαι, from διά + λέγω.

  2. dialectnoun

    A dialect of a language perceived as substandard and wrong.

    Etymology: From διάλεκτος, from διαλέγομαι, from διά + λέγω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dialectnoun

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

  2. Dialectnoun

    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

Freebase

  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dialect

    An expression of language.

    Dialect varies across different countries.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

Anagrams for dialect »

  1. citadel, deltaic, edictal, lactide

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Numerology

  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

Examples of dialect in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Hardy:

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

  2. Arthur Koestler:

    When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history.

  3. Larry Sloven:

    The Thai guy, his family was from Chinaoriginallyso he spoke a certain dialect. And the factory in China – my supplier - and him speak the same dialect, what a home run!

  4. 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.

  5. Dave Woodyard:

    You lose languages, you lose dialect, you lose understanding, they've been through a very difficult process.

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