trilingual [trahy-ling-gwuh l or, Canadian, -ling-gyoo-uh l] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective using, speaking, or involving three languages.

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  • Origin of trilingual 1825–35; Latin trilingu(is) triple-tongued + -al1. See tri-, lingual Related formstri·lin·gual·ism, nountri·lin·gual·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for trilingual Historical Examples of trilingual

  • It is probable that there was actual diversity in the trilingual versions.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • It is trilingual–viz., Chinese, Uighur, and runic or Yenissei characters.

    The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1


  • The first clue to these questions was, as in the parallel case of Egypt, afforded by a trilingual inscription.

    Human Origins

    Samuel Laing

  • He wandered about Europe, became bilingual, if not trilingual (he was never quite happy in German speech or German philosophy).

    The Critical Game

    John Albert Macy

  • The next problem in the study of cuneiform was the decipherment of the second language in each of the trilingual groups.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8


  • British Dictionary definitions for trilingual trilingual adjective able to speak three languages fluently expressed or written in three languages Derived Formstrilingualism, nountrilingually, adverb Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for trilingual adj.

    1834, from tri- + Latin lingua “language,” literally “tongue” (see lingual).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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