diglossia

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From the New Latin diglōssia, from the French diglossie, from the Ancient Greek δίγλωσσος (díglōssos, bilingual) + -ία (-ía) (-ia, whence the French -ie and the English -ia).

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diglossia (uncountable)

  1. (linguistics) The coexistence of two closely related native languages or dialects among a certain population, one of which is regarded to be more prestigious than the other; also, that of two unrelated languages.
  2. (pathology) The presence of a cleft or doubled tongue.

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diglossia f (plural diglossias)

  1. (linguistics) diglossia (the coexistence of two closely related native languages)