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From Old Galician-Portuguese lenguage, borrowed from Old Occitan lenguatge, from Vulgar Latin *linguāticum, from Classical Latin lingua.


  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /lĩˈɡwa.ʒẽj̃/ [lĩˈɡwa.ʒẽɪ̯̃]



linguagem f (plural linguagens)

  1. language (the general system or concept of communication using words, symbols or gestures)
  2. language (wording, choice of words; style)
    Synonym: estilo
    linguagem formalformal language
  3. language (a particular language used by a group of people, spoken or written)
    Synonym: língua
  4. jargon (language characteristic of a particular group)
    Synonym: gíria
    Eu não entendo a linguaguem médica.
    I don't understand medical jargon.
  5. (computing) programming language
    Synonym: linguagem de programação
    linguagem de programaçãoprogramming language

Usage notes


While linguagem can have the meaning of língua, it is often used to refer to word choice ('linguagem vulgar'), similar to the distinction of langage and langue in French.

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