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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.



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,; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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