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dialect at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


dialect at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1577, from M.Fr. dialecte, from L. dialectus "local language, way of speaking, conversation," from Gk. dialektos, from dialegesthai "converse with each other," from dia- "across, between" + legein "speak." ///

dialect at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U and C] [Date: 1500-1600; Language: French; Origin: dialecte, from Greek dialektos 'conversation, dialect', from dialegesthai 'to talk to someone']// a form of a language which is spoken only in one area, with words or grammar that are slightly different from other forms of the same language// accent// Chinese/Yorkshire/Belfast etc dialect // --The people up there speak a Tibetan dialect .// --the local dialect //

dialect at Dutch => English Of Explained:

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dialect at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Variety of a language spoken by a group of people and having features of vocabulary, grammar, and/or pronunciation that distinguish it from other varieties of the same language. Dialects usually develop as a result of geographic, social, political, or economic barriers between groups of people who speak the same language. When dialects diverge to the point that they are mutually incomprehensible, they become languages in their own right. This was the case with Latin, various dialects of which evolved into the different Romance languages. See also koine.

dialect at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

74 Moby Thesaurus words for "dialect":
Acadian, Anglo-Indian, Brooklynese, Cajun, Canadian French,
Cockney, French Canadian, Gullah, Midland, Midland dialect,
New England dialect, Pennsylvania Dutch, Yankee, Yorkshire, accent,
argot, brogue, bundle of isoglosses, burr, cant, choice of words,
class dialect, composition, dialect atlas, dialect dictionary,
dialectal, diction, expression, formulation, grammar, idiom,
idiomatic, isogloss, jargon, language, langue, lingo, lingua,
linguistic atlas, linguistic community, linguistic island, local,
local dialect, localism, locution, parlance, parole, patois,
patter, personal usage, phrase, phraseology, phrasing, pidgin,
pronunciation, provincial, provincialism, regional,
regional accent, regionalism, rhetoric, slang, speech,
speech community, subdialect, talk, tongue, usage, use of words,
usus loquendi, verbiage, vernacular, wordage, wording

dialect at Dutch => English Of Explained:

dialect [dijalɛkt]

dialect at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Language): language, phraseology, speech, tongue, lingo, vernacular, mother tongue, dialect

dialect at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[C, U] the form of a language that is spoken in one area with grammar, words and pronunciation that may be different from other forms of the same language:
the Yorkshire dialect * dialect words / expressions
dialectal adjective:
There are dialectal differences from one area of the country to another.

Dialect at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Dialect \Di"a*lect\, n. [F. dialecte, L. dialectus, fr. Gr. ?,
fr. ? to converse, discourse. See {Dialogue}.]
1. Means or mode of expressing thoughts; language; tongue;
form of speech.

This book is writ in such a dialect As may the minds
of listless men affect. Bunyan. The universal
dialect of the world. --South.

2. The form of speech of a limited region or people, as
distinguished from ether forms nearly related to it; a
variety or subdivision of a language; speech characterized
by local peculiarities or specific circumstances; as, the
Ionic and Attic were dialects of Greece; the Yorkshire
dialect; the dialect of the learned.

In the midst of this Babel of dialects there
suddenly appeared a standard English language.

[Charles V.] could address his subjects from every
quarter in their native dialect. --Prescott.

Syn: Language; idiom; tongue; speech; phraseology. See
{Language}, and {Idiom}.

dialect at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific
group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of
English"; "he has a strong German accent" [syn: {idiom},

dialect at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: selfref » See Category: Wiktionary:Dialects - for the treatment of dialects on Wiktionary.


Inter: wikipedi » a


From Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » διάλεκτος|tr=diálektos||conversation, the language of a country or a place or a nation, the local idiom which derives from a dominant language|sc=polytonic, from Inter: term » διαλέγομαι|tr=dialégomai||I participate in a dialogue|sc=polytonic, from Inter: term » διά|tr=diá||inter, through|sc=polytonic + Inter: term » λέγω|tr=légō||I speak|sc=polytonic.


* Inter: IPA » /ˈdaɪ.ə.ˌlɛkt/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-dialect.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: linguistic » s A variety of a language (specifically, often a spoken variety) that is characteristic of a particular area, community or group, often with relatively minor differences in vocabulary, style, spelling and pronunciation.
    1. : A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.
    2. A dialect of a language perceived as substandard and wrong.
    3. Roger W. Shuy, Discovering American dialects, National Council of Teachers of English, 1967, page 1:
    4. : Many even deny it and say something like this: "No, we don't speak a dialect around here. ...
    5. Linguistic perspectives on black English, H. Carl, 1975, pg. 219:
    6. : Well, those children don't speak dialect, not in this school. Maybe in the public schools, but not here.
    7. H. Nigel Thomas, Spirits in the dark, Heinemann, 1994, pg. 11:
    8. : ... on the second day, Miss Anderson gave the school a lecture on why it was wrong to speak dialect. She had ended by saying "Respectable people don't speak dialect."

      Usage notes

      * The difference between a language and a dialect is not always clear, but it is generally considered that people who speak different dialects can understand each other, while people who speak different languages cannot. Compare species in the biological sense.

      Derived terms

      * dialectal

  • dialectic

    Related terms

    * dialectally
  • dialectical
  • dialectician
  • dialectics

    See also

    * dialogue
  • ethnolect
  • idiolect
  • sociolect


    Inter: trans-top » variety of a language
  • Arabic: Inter: t+ » ar|لهجة|f|tr=láhja (Egyptian Arabic: láhga), Inter: t- » ar|عامية|f|tr=ʿāmmíyya, Inter: t- » ar|دارجة|f|tr=dārija
  • Armenian: Inter: t+ » hy|բարբառ|tr=barbaṙ
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|dialeutu|m, Inter: t- » ast|dialectu|m
  • Azeri: Inter: t- » az|ləhcə, Inter: t- » az|dialekt
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|дыялект|m|tr=dyjaljékt|sc=Cyrl
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|диалект|m|tr=dialékt
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|dialecte|m
  • Chinese:
  • : Dungan: Inter: tø » dng|фон-ян|tr=fon-yan|sc=Cyrl
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t+ » cmn|方言|tr=fāngyán|sc=Hani, Inter: qualifier » suffix Inter: t » cmn|話|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|话|tr=-huà|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|nářečí|n, Inter: t+ » cs|dialekt|m
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|dialekt|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|dialect|n
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|dialekto
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|murre, Inter: t- » fi|aluemurre
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|dialecte|m, Inter: t+ » fr|patois|m
  • Galician: Inter: t- » gl|dialecto|m
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|დიალექტი|tr=dialek'ti|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Dialekt|m, Inter: t+ » de|Mundart
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|διάλεκτος|f|tr=diálektos
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|ניב|m|tr=niv
  • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|उपभाषा|f|tr=upabhāṣā|sc=Deva
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|nyelvjárás
  • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|mállýska|f
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|dialek
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|dialetto|m
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|方言|tr=ほうげん, hōgen, Inter: qualifier » suffix Inter: t+ » ja|弁|alt=-弁|tr=-べん, -ben
  • Khmer: Inter: t+ » km|ប្រាក្រឹត|tr=bra kruet|sc=Khmr, Inter: t- » km|គ្រាមភាសា|tr=kream phea sa|sc=Khmr
  • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|사투리|tr=saturi|sc=Hang, Inter: t+ » ko|방언|tr=bang-eon|sc=Kore
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: t+ » ku|زاراو|tr=zaraw|sc=ku-Arab

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Kyrgyz: Inter: t- » ky|оогон
    • Latin: Inter: t- » la|dialectos|f, Inter: t- » la|dialectus|f
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|dialekts|m
    • Lithuanian: Inter: t- » lt|tarmė|f, Inter: t- » lt|dialektas|m
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|дијалект|m|tr=dijalékt, Inter: t- » mk|наречје|n|tr=nárečje, Inter: t- » mk|говор|m|tr=góvor
    • Maltese: Inter: t- » mt|djalett|m
    • Mongolian: Inter: t+ » mn|аялгуу|tr=ajalguu|sc=Cyrl
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|dialekt|m
    • Occitan: Inter: t+ » oc|dialècte|m
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|لهجه|tr=lahje|sc=fa-Arab, Inter: t+ » fa|گویش|tr=guyeš|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|dialekt|m, Inter: t+ » pl|narzecze|n
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|dialeto|m Inter: qualifier » Brazil, Inter: t+ » pt|dialecto|m Inter: qualifier » Portugal
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|диалект|m|tr=dialékt, Inter: t+ » ru|наречие|n|tr=naréčije, Inter: t+ » ru|говор|m|tr=góvor
    • Santali: Inter: tø » sat|ᱵᱳᱞᱤ|tr=boli|sc=Olck
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|dualchainnt|f
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|наречје|n|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » sh|нарјечје|n|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » sh|дијалект|m|sc=Cyrl
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|narečje|n, Inter: t- » sh|narječje|n, Inter: t- » sh|dijalekt|m
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|nárečie|n, Inter: t- » sk|dialekt|m
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|narečje|n|alt=naréčje
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|dialecto|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|dialekt|c
    • Thai: Inter: t- » th|ภาษาถิ่น|tr=paa-săa tìn|sc=Thai
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|lehçe, Inter: t+ » tr|ağgan
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|діалект|m|tr=dialékt|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » uk|наріччя|n|tr=naríččja|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » uk|говір|m|tr=hóvir|sc=Cyrl
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t- » vi|thổ ngư
    • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|dialeg
    • Welsh: Inter: t+ » cy|tafodiaith|f

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    * citadel, deltaic, edictal, lactide



    * Inter: IPA » /ˌdijaˈlɛkt/|lang=nl


    Inter: nl-noun » n|dialecten|dialectje
  • dialect
    1. slang



    From Inter: etyl » fr|ro Inter: term » dialecte|lang=fr.


    Inter: ro-noun » n|dialecte
  • Inter: l » en|dialect

    See also

    * Inter: l » ro|idiom, Inter: l » ro|grai, Inter: l » ro|limbaj, Inter: l » ro|limbă

  • Translation: ar » dialect
    Translation: cy » dialect
    Translation: de » dialect
    Translation: et » dialect
    Translation: el » dialect
    Translation: eo » dialect
    Translation: fr » dialect
    Translation: ko » dialect
    Translation: hy » dialect
    Translation: io » dialect
    Translation: id » dialect
    Translation: it » dialect
    Translation: kn » dialect
    Translation: ku » dialect
    Translation: lt » dialect
    Translation: hu » dialect
    Translation: mg » dialect
    Translation: ml » dialect
    Translation: my » dialect
    Translation: nl » dialect
    Translation: ja » dialect
    Translation: no » dialect
    Translation: oc » dialect
    Translation: km » dialect
    Translation: pl » dialect
    Translation: pt » dialect
    Translation: ru » dialect
    Category: simple:dialect -
    Translation: fi » dialect
    Translation: sv » dialect
    Translation: ta » dialect
    Translation: te » dialect
    Translation: th » dialect
    Translation: tr » dialect
    Translation: vi » dialect
    Translation: zh » dialect