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Inherited from Old Spanish lenguage, borrowed from Old French language or Old Occitan lenguatge, both from Vulgar Latin *linguāticum, derived from Latin lingua. By surface analysis, lengua +‎ -aje. Cognate with English language.


  • IPA(key): /lenˈɡwaxe/ [lẽŋˈɡwa.xe]
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  • Rhymes: -axe
  • Syllabification: len‧gua‧je


lenguaje m (plural lenguajes)

  1. language (the ability to communicate using words)
  2. language (a body of words, and set of methods of combining them, understood by a community)
    Synonyms: idioma, lengua
  3. language (the expression of thought (the communication of meaning) in a specified way)
    lenguaje sencillosimple language
    lenguaje corporalbody language
  4. vocabulary
    Synonyms: jerga, vocabulario

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