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a. Using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency.
b. Using two languages in some proportion in order to facilitate learning by students who have a native proficiency in one language and are acquiring proficiency in the other: bilingual training; bilingual education.
2. Of, relating to, or expressed in two languages: a bilingual dictionary.
A person who uses or is able to use two languages, especially with equal fluency.

bi·lin′gual·ism n.
bi·lin′gual·ly adv.


(baɪˈlɪŋ gwəˌlɪz əm)

1. the ability to speak two languages fluently.
2. the habitual use of two languages.


1. the ability to speak two languages.
2. the use of two languages, as in a community. Also bilinguality, diglottism. — bilingual, bilinguist, n. — bilingual, adj.
See also: Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bilingualism - the ability to speak two languages colloquially
ability, power - possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"


[baɪˈlɪŋgwəlɪzəm] Nbilingüismo m


[baɪˈlɪŋgwəlɪzəm] nbilinguisme m
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