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of a dialect
Not to be confused with:
dialectic – of logical argumentation
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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.
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(ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tl)

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a dialect.
di`a•lec′tal•ly, adv.
usage: In linguistics dialectal, not dialectical, is the term more commonly used to denote regional or social language variation.
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Adj.1.dialectal - belonging to or characteristic of a dialect; "dialectal variation"
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[ˌdaɪəˈlektl] ADJdialectal
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adjdialektal; (local, rural also) → mundartlich
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