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Meaning of DIALECT

Pronunciation:  'dIu`lekt

WordNet Dictionary
[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"

DIALECT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: accent, idiom
 See Also: non-standard speech, patois



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.

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