Definition of Polyglot

1. Noun. A person who speaks more than one language.

Exact synonyms: Linguist
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Specialized synonyms: Bilingual, Bilingualist, Transcriber, Translator
Specialized synonyms: Greenberg, Joseph Greenberg, Harris, Zellig Harris, Zellig Sabbatai Harris
Derivative terms: Linguistic

2. Adjective. Having a command of or composed in many languages. "A polyglot Bible contains versions in different languages"
Similar to: Multilingual

Definition of Polyglot

1. a. Containing, or made up, of, several languages; as, a polyglot lexicon, Bible.

2. n. One who speaks several languages.

Definition of Polyglot

1. Adjective. Versed in, or speaking, many languages. ¹

2. Adjective. Containing, or made up of, several languages. ¹

3. Adjective. Comprising various linguistic groups ¹

4. Noun. One who masters, notably speaks, several languages. ¹

5. Noun. A publication containing several versions of the same text, or the same subject matter in several languages; especially, the Bible in several languages. ¹

6. Noun. A mixture of langages and/or nomenclatures ¹

7. Noun. (programming) A program written in multiple programming languages. ¹

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Definition of Polyglot

1. one that speaks or writes several languages [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polyglot

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polyglot (current term)
polyglutamic acid

Literary usage of Polyglot

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1. The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature: Containing an Account of by William Thomas Lowndes (1858)
"The «inly decoration is a fac-simile plate of the Complutensian polyglot, which was given in the second and third editions. ..."

2. A companion to the Greek Testament and the English version by Philip Schaff (1883)
"The Complutensian polyglot had it with two slight variations. The fourth edition of Erasmus adds, in a third parallel column ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"Ш. The Paris polyglot, the most magnificent but scientifically least ... The excellence of this polyglot over others consiste in the greater number of old ..."

4. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature by John McClintock, James Strong (1883)
"This polyglot also contains the Samaritan version of the same. ... The London polyglot, edited by Brian Walton, afterwards bishop of Chester, ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The Complutensian polyglot gave us ... was far cheaper and more convenient than the huge polyglot, of which but six hundred copies in all were printed. ..."

6. A Theological Dictionary: Containing Definitions of All Religious Terms; a by Charles Buck (1838)
"BIBLES, polyglot. See Nos. 29, 31. 3!). BIBLES, Slavonian. The Russians 01 Muscovites published the Bible in their language m 1541. ..."

7. A Theological Dictionary by Charles Buck (1807)
"The Persian Pentateuch, printed in the London polyglot, is without doubt the ... In' the same polyglot we have likewise the four evangelists in Persian, ..."

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