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A person who knows only one language.
Knowing only one language; monolingual.

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1. having command of a single language
2. written in, composed of, or containing a single language
a person with command of a single language
[C20: from mono- + Greek glōtta tongue]
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(ˈmɒn əˌglɒt)

1. knowing only one language; monolingual.
2. composed in only one language.
3. a person with a knowledge of only one language.
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a person capable of speaking only one language.
See also: Language
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A. ADJmonolingüe
B. Nmonolingüe mf
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It's all part of their "crisis measures to tackle the huge in-migration of monoglot English-speakers to Welsh-speaking areas".
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Mr Ewart Smith (Western Mail, February 16) claims to have had monoglot cousins in Cardiganshire who decided because of the inward migration of non-Welsh-speakers that they would have to learn English.
If he would care to examine what monoglot English-speakers are unable to do in the parts of Wales with the highest concentrations of Welsh-speakers with what Welsh-speakers are unable to do anywhere at all, then he would surely admit that the scales of injustice are highly weighted on one side.
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