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 communication(noun)

    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 communication(noun)

    (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, language(noun)

    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, language(noun)

    the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication

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

  5. language, speech(noun)

    the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

    "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"

  6. terminology, nomenclature, language(noun)

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

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


  1. Language(n.)

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

  2. Language(n.)

    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.

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


  1. language(Noun)

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

  2. language(Noun)

    The ability to communicate using words.

    the gift of language

  3. language(Noun)

    Nonverbal communication.

    body language

  4. language(Noun)

    A computer language.

  5. language(Noun)

    The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.

    legal language

  6. language(Noun)

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

  7. language(Noun)


  8. language(Noun)

    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. language(Verb)

    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. Language(noun)

    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. Language(noun)

    the expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality

  3. Language(noun)

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

  4. Language(noun)

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

  5. Language(noun)

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

  6. Language(noun)

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

  7. Language(noun)

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

  8. Language(noun)

    a race, as distinguished by its speech

  9. Language(verb)

    to communicate by language; to express in language

  10. Origin: [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.

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

How to pronounce language?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say language in sign language?

  1. language


  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. John DeLury:

    The language is significant.

  2. Kevin McCarthy:

    I would not use that language.

  3. Max Heindel:

    Music is the soul of language.

  4. David Hare:

    Smiles are the language of love.

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    Language is the dress of thought.

Images & Illustrations of language

  1. languagelanguagelanguagelanguagelanguage

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