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An artificial language developed between 1924 and 1951, based mainly on the Romance languages and intended as a medium of international communication among scientists.

[inter- + Latin lingua, language; see lingua.]
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1. (Languages) (usually capital) an artificial language based on words common to English and the Romance languages
2. (Languages) any artificial language used to represent the meaning of natural languages, as for purposes of machine translation
[C20: from Italian, from inter- + lingua language]
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an artificial international language, based upon the Romance languages, designed for use by the scientific community.
See also: Language
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Noun1.Interlingua - an artificial language proposed for use as an auxiliary international language; based on words common to English and the Romance languages
artificial language - a language that is deliberately created for a specific purpose
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