conlang

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A hymn written in Sindarin, a conlang created by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien as a language spoken by elves in his Lord of the Rings works.

The noun is a blend of constructed +‎ language,[1] while the verb is derived from the noun.

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conlang (plural conlangs)

  1. (linguistics, colloquial) Synonym of constructed language (a human language such as Esperanto, Klingon, Quenya, or Volapük that has been consciously devised by an individual or a small group, as opposed to having naturally evolved as part of a culture like a natural language) [from 1990s]
    Synonyms: artificial language, planned language
    Antonyms: (colloquial) natlang, natural language
    The Klingon language was a conlang created for use in the Star Trek franchise.

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conlang (third-person singular simple present conlangs, present participle conlanging, simple past and past participle conlanged)

  1. (intransitive) To create a conlang (constructed language).
    the conlanging community
    Brithenig was conlanged with the purpose of looking how Welsh might have developed if it were a Romance language.

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  1. ^ conlang, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2014; “conlang, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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