language: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (lang'gwij), [key]
- a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition: the two languages of Belgium; a Bantu language; the French language; the Yiddish language.
- communication by voice in the distinctively human manner, using arbitrary sounds in conventional ways with conventional meanings; speech.
- the system of linguistic signs or symbols considered in the abstract (opposed to speech).
- any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another.
- any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion, etc.: the language of mathematics; sign language.
- the means of communication used by animals: the language of birds.
- communication of meaning in any way; medium that is expressive, significant, etc.: the language of flowers; the language of art.
- linguistics; the study of language.
- the speech or phraseology peculiar to a class, profession, etc.; lexis; jargon.
- a particular manner of verbal expression: flowery language.
- choice of words or style of writing; diction: the language of poetry.
- a set of characters and symbols and syntactic rules for their combination and use, by means of which a computer can be given directions: The language of many commercial application programs is COBOL.
- a nation or people considered in terms of their speech.
- faculty or power of speech.
- language (Thesaurus)