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di·a·lect

 (dī′ə-lĕkt′)
n.
1.
a. A regional or social variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary, especially a variety of speech differing from the standard literary language or speech pattern of the culture in which it exists: Cockney is a dialect of English.
b. A variety of language that with other varieties constitutes a single language of which no single variety is standard: the dialects of Ancient Greek.
2. The language peculiar to the members of a group, especially in an occupation; jargon: the dialect of science.
3. The manner or style of expressing oneself in language or the arts.
4. A language considered as part of a larger family of languages or a linguistic branch. Not in scientific use: Spanish and French are Romance dialects.

[French dialecte, from Old French, from Latin dialectus, form of speech, from Greek dialektos, speech, from dialegesthai, to discourse, use a dialect : dia-, between, over; see dia- + legesthai, middle voice of legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

di′a·lec′tal adj.
di′a·lec′tal·ly adv.

dialect

(ˈdaɪəˌlɛkt)
n
(Linguistics)
a. a form of a language spoken in a particular geographical area or by members of a particular social class or occupational group, distinguished by its vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation
b. a form of a language that is considered inferior: the farmer spoke dialect and was despised by the merchants.
c. (as modifier): a dialect word.
[C16: from Latin dialectus, from Greek dialektos speech, dialect, discourse, from dialegesthai to converse, from legein to talk, speak]
ˌdiaˈlectal adj

di•a•lect

(ˈdaɪ əˌlɛkt)

n.
1. a variety of a language distinguished from other varieties by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary and by its use by a group of speakers set off from others geographically or socially.
2. a provincial, rural, or socially distinct variety of a language that differs from the standard language.
3. any special variety of a language: the literary dialect.
4. a language considered as one of a group that have a common ancestor: Persian, Latin, and English are Indo-European dialects.
[1545–55; < Latin dialectus < Greek diálektos discourse, language, dialect, n. derivative of dialégesthai to converse (dia- dia- + légein to speak)]
syn: See language.

dialect

a variety of a language peculiar to a particular region or group within a larger community, usually but not always existing in the spoken form only. — dialectal, adj.
See also: Linguistics

dialect

1. A form of a language used in a particular region or by a particular group of people.
2. Any of several versions of BASIC using slightly different commands.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dialect - the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of peopledialect - the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
eye dialect - the use of misspellings to identify a colloquial or uneducated speaker
patois - a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard
spang, bang - leap, jerk, bang; "Bullets spanged into the trees"
forrad, forrard, forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards - at or to or toward the front; "he faced forward"; "step forward"; "she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations)

dialect

noun language, speech, tongue, jargon, idiom, vernacular, brogue, lingo (informal), patois, provincialism, localism the number of Italians who speak only local dialect
Quotations
"Dialect words - those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel" [Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge]

dialect

noun
1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form:
2. A system of terms used by a people sharing a history and culture:
Linguistics: langue.
3. Specialized expressions indigenous to a particular field, subject, trade, or subculture:
Translations
لهجةلَهْجَةلَهْجَه، لُغَه مَحَلِّيَّه
диалект
dialecte
nářečí
dialekt
لحجه
murrealuemurre
narječjedijalekt
nyelvjárástájszólás
dialek
mállýskamállÿska
方言
방언사투리
dialectosdialectus
dialektastarmė
dialektsizloksne
nárečie
narečje
dialekt
ภาษาท้องถิ่น
tiếng địa phương

dialect

[ˈdaɪəlekt]
A. Ndialecto m
B. CPD dialect atlas Natlas m inv lingüístico
dialect survey Nestudio m dialectológico
dialect word Ndialectalismo m

dialect

[ˈdaɪəlɛkt] ndialecte m
in dialect → en dialectedialling code n (British)indicatif mdialling tone n (British)tonalité fdialog box dialogue box n (COMPUTING)boîte f de dialogue

dialect

nDialekt m; (local, rural also) → Mundart f; the country people spoke in dialectdie Landbevölkerung sprach Dialekt; the play is in dialectdas Stück ist in Dialekt or Mundart geschrieben
attrDialekt-; dialect wordDialektausdruck m

dialect

[ˈdaɪəˌlɛkt] ndialetto
the local dialect → il dialetto del luogo
dialect word → termine m dialettale

dialect

(ˈdaiəlekt) noun
a way of speaking found only in a certain area or among a certain group or class of people. They were speaking in dialect.

dialect

لَهْجَة nářečí dialekt Dialekt διάλεκτος dialecto murre dialecte narječje dialetto 方言 방언 dialect dialekt dialekt dialeto диалект dialekt ภาษาท้องถิ่น lehçe tiếng địa phương 方言
References in classic literature ?
An honest and natural slum dialect is more tolerable than the attempt of a phonetically untaught person to imitate the vulgar dialect of the golf club; and I am sorry to say that in spite of the efforts of our Academy of Dramatic Art, there is still too much sham golfing English on our stage, and too little of the noble English of Forbes Robertson.
French, that dialect of it which was spoken by the Normans--Anglo-French (English-French) it has naturally come to be called--was of course introduced by the Conquest as the language of the governing and upper social class, and in it also during the next three or four centuries a considerable body of literature was produced.
He was to learn a dialect, in which he could be assisted by no affinity with the languages he already knew.
1) In diction, dialect and style it is obviously dependent upon Homer, and is therefore considerably later than the "Iliad" and "Odyssey": moreover, as we have seen, it is in revolt against the romantic school, already grown decadent, and while the digamma is still living, it is obviously growing weak, and is by no means uniformly effective.
And possibly the raftsmen's dialect was what is called PLATT-DEUTSCH, and so they found his English more familiar to their ears than another man's German.
The dialect was on her tongue to some extent, despite the village school: the characteristic intonation of that dialect for this district being the voicing approximately rendered by the syllable UR, probably as rich an utterance as any to be found in human speech.
Behind them a group of swaggering, half-drunken Yorkshire dalesmen, speaking a dialect which their own southland countrymen could scarce comprehend, their jerkins marked with the pelican, which showed that they had come over in the train of the north-country Stapletons.
Their very name is a frightful one; for the word 'Typee' in the Marquesan dialect signifies a lover of human flesh.
The one is commonly transitory, a sound, a tongue, a dialect merely, almost brutish, and we learn it unconsciously, like the brutes, of our mothers.
You may start, Senor Jacinto," said the professor, and the guide called something in Indian dialect to the rowers.
At length one of them called out in a clear, polite, smooth dialect, not unlike in sound to the Italian: and therefore I returned an answer in that language, hoping at least that the cadence might be more agreeable to his ears.
I say nothing of the possible danger if a Woman should ever surreptitiously learn to read and convey to her Sex the result of her perusal of a single popular volume; nor of the possibility that the indiscretion or disobedience of some infant Male might reveal to a Mother the secrets of the logical dialect.