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definition of the word language

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
states wished school #750: language court British meant

From Old French langage, from Vulgar Latin *linguaticum, from Latin lingua (tongue, speech, language), from Old Latin dingua, from Proto-Indo-European *dnghwa- (tongue, speech, language)

Singular
language

Plural
countable and uncountable; languages

language (countable and uncountable; plural languages)

  1. (countable) A form of communication using words either spoken or symbolized with a writting system, usually structured with grammar.
    the English language
    sign language
  2. (uncountable) The ability to communicate using words.
    the gift of language
  3. (countable or uncountable) Nonverbal communication.
    body language
  4. (computing, countable) A computer language.
  5. (uncountable) The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.
    legal language
  6. (uncountable) The particular words used in speech or a passage of text.
    The language he used to talk to me was obscene.
    The language used in the law does not permit any other interpretation.
  7. (uncountable) Profanity.
    • 1978, James Carroll, Mortal Friends[1], ISBN 0440157897, page 500,  
      "Where the hell is Horace?" ¶"There he is. He's coming. You shouldn't use language."


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