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/ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ/ (say 'langgwij),
/ˈlæŋwɪdʒ/ (say 'langwij)

noun 1.  communication in the distinctively human manner, using a system of arbitrary symbols with conventionally assigned meanings, as by voice, writing, or sign language.

2.  any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another: to speak the French language; to translate into the Auslan language.

3.  the non-linguistic means of communication of animals: the language of birds.

4.  any basis of communication and understanding: the language of flowers; the language of laughter transcends all barriers.

5.  a system with conventional rules governing its structure and with a symbolic notation, as in maths or music.

6. computer language.

7.  strong language: no language please.

8. Aboriginal English a traditional Australian Aboriginal language, as distinguished from Standard Australian English, Aboriginal English, or a creole: you talk language?

9.  the speech or phraseology peculiar to a class, profession, etc.

10.  form or manner of expression: in his own language.

11.  speech or expression of a particular character: flowery language.

12.  diction or style of writing.

phrase 13. speak someone's language, to be in sympathy with someone; have the same mode of thinking; share the same jargon.

14. speak a different language, to be out of sympathy or accord, especially as a result of different background, education, etc.

15. speak the same language, to be in sympathy or accord, especially as a result of shared background, education, etc.

16. use language, Colloquial to swear.

[Middle English, from Old French langage, from langue tongue, from Latin lingua]