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dialect    : [d'ɑɪəl,ɛkt]
Dialect \Di"a*lect\, n. [F. dialecte, L. dialectus, fr. Gr. ?,
fr. ? to converse, discourse. See {Dialogue}.]
1. Means or mode of expressing thoughts; language; tongue;
form of speech.
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This book is writ in such a dialect
As may the minds of listless men affect.
Bunyan.
The universal dialect of the world. --South.
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2. The form of speech of a limited region or people, as
distinguished from ether forms nearly related to it; a
variety or subdivision of a language; speech characterized
by local peculiarities or specific circumstances; as, the
Ionic and Attic were dialects of Greece; the Yorkshire
dialect; the dialect of the learned.
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In the midst of this Babel of dialects there
suddenly appeared a standard English language.
--Earle.
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[Charles V.] could address his subjects from every
quarter in their native dialect. --Prescott.

Syn: Language; idiom; tongue; speech; phraseology. See
{Language}, and {Idiom}.
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dialect
n 1: the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a
specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd
dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it
has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and
navy" [synonym: {dialect}, {idiom}, {accent}]

74 Moby Thesaurus words for "dialect":
Acadian, Anglo-Indian, Brooklynese, Cajun, Canadian French,
Cockney, French Canadian, Gullah, Midland, Midland dialect,
New England dialect, Pennsylvania Dutch, Yankee, Yorkshire, accent,
argot, brogue, bundle of isoglosses, burr, cant, choice of words,
class dialect, composition, dialect atlas, dialect dictionary,
dialectal, diction, expression, formulation, grammar, idiom,
idiomatic, isogloss, jargon, language, langue, lingo, lingua,
linguistic atlas, linguistic community, linguistic island, local,
local dialect, localism, locution, parlance, parole, patois,
patter, personal usage, phrase, phraseology, phrasing, pidgin,
pronunciation, provincial, provincialism, regional,
regional accent, regionalism, rhetoric, slang, speech,
speech community, subdialect, talk, tongue, usage, use of words,
usus loquendi, verbiage, vernacular, wordage, wording




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  • MEASURE | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    These examples are from the Cambridge English Corpus and from sources on the web Any opinions in the examples do not represent the opinion of the Cambridge Dictionary editors or of Cambridge University Press or its licensors
  • PRONUNCIATION | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    Pronunciation Pronunciation means how we say words Most people speak the dialect of standard English with an accent that belongs to the part of the country they come from or live in Learners of British English commonly hear RP (received pronunciation), which is an accent often used on the BBC and other news media and in some course materials for language learners, but it is also common to
  • Looms | Definition of Looms at Dictionary. com
    lynching Lynching is the mob killing of a person suspected of a crime, especially by hanging, that is done outside of the law Lynching is most commonly associated with the hanging death of black men by white people in the United States, especially in the Jim Crow South
  • Loomed | Definition of Loomed at Dictionary. com
    lynching Lynching is the mob killing of a person suspected of a crime, especially by hanging, that is done outside of the law Lynching is most commonly associated with the hanging death of black men by white people in the United States, especially in the Jim Crow South
  • Mere - definition of mere by The Free Dictionary
    The length of passages, the growing sense of solitude, the close dependence upon the very forces that, friendly to-day, without changing their nature, by the mere putting forth of their might, become dangerous to-morrow, make for that sense of fellowship which modern seamen, good men as they are, cannot hope to know
  • Definition of HAP - Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America . . .
    History and Etymology for hap Noun (1) Middle English, from Old Norse happ good luck; akin to Old English gehæp suitable, Old Church Slavonic kobĭ lot, fate Verb (2) Middle English happen
  • Idiom - definition of idiom by The Free Dictionary
    id·i·om (ĭd′ē-əm) n 1 A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on 2 The specific grammatical, syntactic, and structural character of a given language 3 Regional speech or dialect 4 A specialized
  • Paltry | Definition of Paltry by Merriam-Webster
    Recent Examples on the Web That total is the result of five separate, equally paltry snow days that started Dec 9 — Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "D C is No 2 on the list of ‘snow losers’ this winter," 8 Feb 2018 Gallup’s daily tracking poll, meanwhile, had Trump at an even paltrier 35% on Sunday, with 60% disapproval
  • Online Etymology Dictionary | Origin, history and meaning . . .
    The online etymology dictionary is the internet's go-to source for quick and reliable accounts of the origin and history of English words, phrases, and idioms It is professional enough to satisfy academic standards, but accessible enough to be used by anyone The site has become a favorite resource of teachers of reading, spelling, and English as a second language





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