/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]