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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun language:

spoken English27.08%written English72.92% imaginative writing15.18%informational writing84.82%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun language:


Fun fact! English is not the official language of England.

Fun fact! There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world.

Fun fact! There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe - roughly 3% of the world’s total.

Fun fact! Most of the world’s languages are spoken in Asia and Africa.

Fun fact! At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages.

Fun fact! The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

The word language is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun language

What does language mean as a name of something?

Language is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: languages

  1. a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
  2. (language) communication by word of mouth
  3. the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number
    • example: the song uses colloquial language
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of language: lyric / words
    • more generic terms: text / textual matter = the words of something written
    • more specific term: love lyric = the lyric of a love song
    • part of: song / vocal = a short musical composition with words
  4. the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
    • example: he didn't have the language to express his feelings
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of language: linguistic process
    • more generic term: higher cognitive process = cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
    • more specific word: reading = the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message
  5. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
  6. a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
    • example: the language of sociology
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of language: nomenclature / terminology
    • more generic word: word = a unit of language that native speakers can identify
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun language


  1. [countable] A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.
  2. [uncountable] The ability to communicate using words.
  3. [context: countable or uncountable] Nonverbal communication.
  4. [context: computing, countable] A computer language.
  5. [uncountable] The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.
  6. [uncountable] The particular words used in speech or a passage of text.
  7. [uncountable] Profanity.


  1. "Language" is a song by American electronic dance music producer and DJ Porter Robinson. The song was released in the United States on Big Beat Records as a digital download on April 10, 2012. The song was later released in the United Kingdom in an EP package from Ministry of Sound on August 12, 2012. It debuted at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart. The song features uncredited vocals from Heather Bright.
  2. "Language" is the third studio album by progressive metal band The Contortionist. The album was released under eOne/Good Fight Music on September 16, 2014. It is the first studio album to feature Michael Lessard of Last Chance to Reason - who replaced Jonathan Carpenter after parting ways with the group in March 2013. The album debuted at #52 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as #6 on the "Hard Rock" chart and #15 on the "Rock" chart.
  3. "Language" is the debut solo album by New Zealand singer, Annie Crummer released in 1992.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  4. "Language" is a single by New Zealand singer/songwriter Dave Dobbyn, released in 1994 as the first single from the Twist album. The song reached number 4 on the New Zealand charts.


"Language" a.k.a. "Gjuha" is part of Sami Frashëri's scientific writings.


  1. "Language" is a 2011 animated short film directed by Kim Yewon.
    • country: South Korea
    • genre: Animation
    • released on
  2. "Language" is a 2011 short film written and directed by Leah Schell.


  1. The language or languages of the lyrics to this composition, if any.
  2. Language is a peer-reviewed quarterly academic journal published by the Linguistic Society of America since 1925. It covers all aspects of linguistics, focusing on the area of theoretical linguistics. Its current editor-in-chief is Gregory Carlson.
  3. Language is a periodical subject, broadcast.
  4. Language: The BCP-47 language tag identifying the languages in which the content from this URI is available. Note that this field may be empty, indicating the source providing the URI did not identify the languages supported.

Phrases with Language

Phrases starting with the word Language:

  1. Language lab
  2. language area
  3. Language code
  4. Language Swap
  5. language unit
  6. language zone

Phrases ending with the word Language:

  1. Bad Language
  2. body language
  3. dead language
  4. foul language
  5. Moon Language
  6. sign language
  7. sign-language
  8. tone language
  9. Child language
  10. Child-Language
  11. Clean Language
  12. Dutch Language
  13. first language
  14. Greek language

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Language

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Google preview"Language is a Place of Struggle" (2009)

Great Quotes by People of Color by Tram Nguyen

"Language Is a Place of Struggle" is the first truly multiracial and polycultural quote book, collecting quotations from both historical and contemporary novelists and poets, activists and political leaders, and artists and musicians.

Google previewYou - A Theory of Self (2008)

by James Washer

Speaking a language is a complex interaction of voice-brain-ear; but it is learned. Reading a language...

Google previewProximity Levinas, Blanchot, Bataille and Communication (2012)

by Joseph Libertson

Language is a code which establishes a code: a signification which is implicitly a prescription and a proscription. Language is...

Language is a function of the “ catalysis” through which, by virtue of the intensity of closure, communication becomes correlation.

Language is the modality of a counter-communication which controls and organizes the essentially excessive field of communication: prohibition.

Google previewTheoretical Aspects of Passivization in the Framework of Applicative Grammar (1985)

by Jean-Pierre Desclés, Zlatka Guentchéva, Sebastian Shaumyan

The genotype language is a hypothetical universal semiotic system underlying natural languages (or phenotype languages,

Google previewMemory (2007)

The Key to Consciousness by Richard F. Thompson, Stephen A. Madigan

Language is the most astonishing behavior in the animal kingdom. It is the species-typical behavior that sets humans completely apart from all other animals . Language is a means of communication, but it is much more than that. Many animals ...

Google previewBilinguality and Bilingualism (1989)

by Josiane F. Hamers, Blanc, Michel, Ph.D

Language is a component of culture along with other ...

Google previewThe Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics (2012)

by Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy, Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre

So, in cognitive terms, it is logical that we project a metaphor in which these constructions are mapped onto a system independent of our own selves, the conceptual metaphor a language is a human being. It is also only natural and logical that ...

Google previewWord of Mouth (2013)

A New Introduction to Language and Communication by Geoffrey Finch

Language is the definitive human attribute on which rests our distinction from the rest of the animal kingdom. That, in a nutshell, has been the major theme of this book. In the words of the twentiethcentury existentialist philosopher Martin ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Psychology (2008)

by Neil J. Salkind

Finally, language is a means by which we create new knowledge, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language and Education (1999)

Language Policy and Political Issues in Education by Ruth Wodak, P. Corson

Nevertheless, it appears to be a useful umbrella under which a number of emerging critical approaches to language and education can be described. Part of the difficulty in defining CALx lies in the difficulties in determining both what it is to be ...

Google previewLongman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (2013)

by Jack C. Richards, Richard W. Schmidt

Interagency Language Round Table control applications by pointing, clicking or dragging, as with a desk-top mouse. Many language courses now come with interactive whiteboard software. Interagency Language Round Table n also ILR a ...

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Quotes about Language

Homer's whole language, the language in which he lived, the language that he breathed, because he never saw it, or certainly those who formed his tradition never saw it, in characters on the pages. It was all on the tongue and in the ear. (Robert Fitzgerald)
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Scrabble value of L1A1N1G2U1A1G2E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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