Complete Definition of "dialect"

English

Etymology
From AGr. polytonic|διάλεκÏÎ¿Ï (dialektos) "conversation, the language of a country or a place or a nation, the local idiom which derives from a dominant language", from polytonic|διαλέγομαι (dialegomai) "I participate in a dialogue", from polytonic|διά (dia) "inter, through" + polytonic|Î»Î­Î³Ï (legÅ) "I speak".

Noun
en-noun

  1. A variety of a language (specifically, often a spoken variety) that is characteristic of a particular area, community or group, often with relatively minor differences in vocabulary, style, spelling and pronunciation.

#: A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.

Usage notes
The difference between a language and a dialect is not always clear, but it is generally considered that people who speak different dialects can understand each other, while people who speak different languages cannot. Compare species in the biological sense.

Translations
trans-top|a variety of a language
Bulgarian: Ð´Ð¸Ð°Ð»ÐµÐºÑ m
Catalan: dialecte m
Chinese: æ¹è¨ (fÄng yán)
Dutch: dialect n
Finnish: murre, aluemurre
French: dialecte m
German: Dialekt m
Greek: διάλεκÏÎ¿Ï (ðiálektos) f
Hebrew: × ×× (niv) m
Hungarian: nyelvjárás
Indonesian: dialek
Italian: dialetto m
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Japanese: æ¹è¨ (ã»ããã, hÅgen)
Korean: ì¬í¬ë¦¬ (saturi)
Latin: dialectos f
Persian: FAchar|ÙحجÙ
Portuguese: dialeto (Brazil), dialecto (Portugal)
Russian: Ð´Ð¸Ð°Ð»ÐµÐºÑ (dialékt) m
Slovak: náreÄie n
Spanish: dialecto m
Swedish: dialekt c
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Derived terms
dialectal
dialectally
dialectic
dialectical
dialectician
dialectics

Related terms
sociolect
idiolect
ethnolect
dialogue

See also
w:Dialect|Wikipedia article on dialect


Dutch

Noun
dialect n

  1. dialect
  2. slang

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