What does first language mean?

Definitions for first language

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mother tongue, maternal language, first language(noun)

    one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next


  1. first language(Noun)

    the first language one is taught to speak; one's native language.

  2. first language(Noun)

    the language one feels most comfortable and capable with

  3. Origin: See separate entries for first and language


  1. First language

    A first language is the language a person has learned from birth or within the critical period, or that a person speaks the best and so is often the basis for sociolinguistic identity. In some countries, the terms native language or mother tongue refer to the language of one's ethnic group rather than one's first language. Sometimes, there can be more than one mother tongue,. Those children are usually called bilingual. By contrast, a second language is any language that one speaks other than one's first language.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of first language in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of first language in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Natalie Portman:

    It was very meaningful for me, it's weird when your first language, and maybe the language of your emotions, of your childhood, is sort of missing.

Images & Illustrations of first language

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