(noun, verb)


1. 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

Definition categories: communication

2. (language) communication by word of mouth

- he uttered harsh language

- he recorded the spoken language of the streets

Similar word(s): speech

Definition categories: communication

3. the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number

- the song uses colloquial language

Similar word(s): lyric, words

Definition categories: communication, text

4. the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication

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

Definition categories: thought

5. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

- language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals

Similar word(s): speech

Definition categories: thought, faculty, module

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

- the language of sociology

Similar word(s): nomenclature, terminology

Definition categories: communication, word

Sentences with language as a noun:

- the English language and the German language are related

- deaf and mute people communicate using languages like ASL

- the gift of language

- legal language;

- body language;

- The language used in the law does not permit any other interpretation.

- The language he used to talk to me was obscene.


1. (rare, now nonstandard) To communicate by language; to express in language.