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From trans- (across) +‎ lingual (having to do with languages or tongues).



translingual (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Existing in multiple languages.
    • 1994, Cordner, Holland & Kerrigan (eds), English Comedy
      The nose's comic potency is enhanced by the Indo-European rootedness of its own name, securing it a pivotal role in translingual games.
  2. Having the same meaning in many languages.
    No is the translingual symbol for the chemistry element nobelium.
  3. (of a phrase) Containing words of multiple languages.
    • 1985, W. Redfern, Georges Darien: Robbery and Private Enterprise
      Darien can make translingual jokes
  4. (translation studies) Operating between different languages.
    • 1986, James S. Holmes, Translated: Papers on Literary Translation and Translation Studies
      This receiver, as translator, then performs a kind of "translingual transfer" to encode in a second language a new message that is intended to "mean the same" . .
  5. (medicine) Occurring or being measured across the tongue.
    • 1985, Hech, Welter & DeSimone, Chemical Senses
      Simultaneous recordings of the translingual potential and integrated neural response of the rat.


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translingual (plural translinguals)

  1. A person who can speak, or fluently switch between speaking, several languages.