- language [laŋ′gwij]n.[ME < OFr langage < langue, tongue < L lingua, tongue, language, altered (by assoc. with lingere, to lick) < OL dingua < IE * dṇg̑hwa > OE tunge, TONGUE]1.a) human speechb) Archaic the ability to communicate by this meansc) a system of vocal sounds and combinations of such sounds to which meaning is attributed, used for the expression or communication of thoughts and feelingsd) the written representation of such a system2.a) any means of expressing or communicating, as gestures, signs, or animal sounds [body language]b) a special set of symbols, letters, numerals, rules, etc. used for the transmission of information, as in a computer3. all the vocal sounds, words, and ways of combining them common to a particular nation, tribe, or other speech community [the French language]4. the particular form or manner of selecting and combining words characteristic of a person, group, or profession; form or style of expression in words [the language of teenagers]5. the study of language in general or of some particular language or languages; linguistics6. Informal coarse or obscene words and expressions——————speak the same language or speak someone's languageto have the same beliefs, attitudes, etc. (as another)
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.