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lingua fran·ca

 (frăng′kə)
n. pl. lingua fran·cas (-kəz) also linguae fran·cae (frăng′kē, frăn′sē)
1. A medium of communication between peoples of different languages.
2. A mixture of Italian with Provençal, French, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, and Turkish, formerly spoken on the eastern Mediterranean coast.

[Italian : lingua, language + franca, Frankish (that is, European).]

lingua franca

(ˈlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə)
n, pl lingua francas or linguae francae (ˈlɪŋɡwiː ˈfrænsiː)
1. (Linguistics) a language used for communication among people of different mother tongues
2. (Linguistics) a hybrid language containing elements from several different languages used in this way
3. (Linguistics) any system of communication providing mutual understanding
[C17: Italian, literally: Frankish tongue]

Lingua Franca

n
(Languages) a particular lingua franca spoken from the time of the Crusades to the 18th century in the ports of the Mediterranean, based on Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Greek, and Turkish

lin′gua fran′ca

(ˈfræŋ kə)

n., pl. lingua fran•cas, lin•guae fran•cae (ˈlɪŋ gwi ˈfræn si, ˈfræŋ ki)
1. any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.
2. (caps.) a pidgin with a lexicon drawn largely from Italian that was spoken in Mediterranean ports from the late Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
[1670–80; < Italian: literally, Frankish tongue]

lingua franca

A language used for communication between speakers of different languages, often containing elements of several languages.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lingua franca - a common language used by speakers of different languages; "Koine is a dialect of ancient Greek that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean area in Roman times"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
Translations

lingua franca

[ˌlɪŋgwəˈfræŋkə] N (lingua francas or linguae francae (pl)) [ˌlɪŋgwiːˈfrænsiː]lengua f franca

lingua franca

[ˌlɪŋgwəˈfræŋkə] nlingua f franca

lingua franca

nVerkehrssprache f, → Lingua franca f; (= official language)Amtssprache f

lingua franca

[ˈlɪŋgwəˈfræŋkə] nlingua franca
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The usual supposition that from the outset, before the time of Wiclif, the Church had prohibited translations of the Bible from the Latin into the common tongues is a mistake; that policy was a direct result of Wiclif's work.
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In their speech, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, executive secretary of ESCWA, and Khawla Matar, deputy executive secretary of ESCWA, emphasised the importance of Arabic as a language "used as a common tongue for all ESCWA member states," stressing that it is "a rich, intricate, and beautiful language that must be safeguarded and celebrated across the world in all contexts, from international forums to family dinner tables.
The sofa and the chairs were made of oak Well stained and polished, seats all woven fine With threads pulled tight in welcoming design Whose ripe pineapples silently bespoke Warm conversations we still almost hear About church, work, school, country, weather, kin Come from a common tongue whose sounds would spin Words brightening in the heightened atmosphere.
And, among the fragmented, distraught children of the Enlightenment, among the zombie heirs of Rousseau fibrillating between aggressiveness, blindness and despair, equality is no longer a task but a taint, a sort of dark shroud, a halo of resentment and hatred to which our common tongue is tied as to a buoy in a tide.
Some global companies are now adopting or mandating English as the global language for internal company communication, even among those whose share a common tongue other than English.
Perhaps weapons speak a common tongue, but Twomey reminds us that militaries need to be fluent in multiple languages.
The bad news is that, over a number of years, our common tongue can change radically if enough people start to adopt new language styles.
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