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Another word for dialect

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Noun
  1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form

      1. The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language.
      2. A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region:
      3. The specialized vocabulary of a particular trade, profession, or group:
      1. A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.
      2. Nonstandard speech.
      3. The special jargon of a group; cant.
      1. The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or social group, especially when viewed as unfamiliar:
      1. The specialized language of a trade, profession, or similar group, especially when viewed as difficult to understand by outsiders:
      2. Nonsensical or incoherent language:
      3. A hybrid language or dialect; a pidgin. Not in technical use.
      1. Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
      2. A slanted or oblique surface.
      3. A thrust or motion that tilts something.
      1. A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group:
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    words

  2. A system of terms used by a people sharing a history and culture

      1. Language viewed as a system including vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation of a particular community.
      1. The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language.
      2. A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region:
      3. The specialized vocabulary of a particular trade, profession, or group:
      1. The fleshy, movable, muscular organ, attached in most vertebrates to the floor of the mouth, that is the principal organ of taste, an aid in chewing and swallowing, and, in humans, an important organ of speech.
      2. An analogous organ or part in invertebrate animals, as in certain insects or mollusks.
      3. The tongue of an animal, such as a cow, used as food.
      1. The faculty or act of speaking.
      2. The faculty or act of expressing or describing thoughts, feelings, or perceptions by the articulation of words.
      3. What is spoken or expressed, as in conversation; uttered or written words:
      1. Communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.
      2. Such a system including its rules for combining its components, such as words.
      3. Such a system as used by a nation, people, or other distinct community; often contrasted with dialect.
    See also:

    words

  3. Specialized expressions indigenous to a particular field, subject, trade, or subculture

      1. All the words of a language.
      2. The sum of words used by, understood by, or at the command of a particular person or group.
      3. A list of words and often phrases, usually arranged alphabetically and defined or translated; a lexicon or glossary.
      1. The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language.
      2. A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region:
      3. The specialized vocabulary of a particular trade, profession, or group:
      1. The vocabulary of technical terms used in a particular field, subject, science, or art; nomenclature.
      2. The study of nomenclature.
      1. A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.
      2. Nonstandard speech.
      3. The special jargon of a group; cant.
      1. The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or social group, especially when viewed as unfamiliar:
      1. A dictionary.
      2. A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:
      3. The morphemes of a language considered as a group.
      1. Communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.
      2. Such a system including its rules for combining its components, such as words.
      3. Such a system as used by a nation, people, or other distinct community; often contrasted with dialect.
      1. The specialized language of a trade, profession, or similar group, especially when viewed as difficult to understand by outsiders:
      2. Nonsensical or incoherent language:
      3. A hybrid language or dialect; a pidgin. Not in technical use.
      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.
      1. Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
      2. A slanted or oblique surface.
      3. A thrust or motion that tilts something.
      1. A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group:
    See also:

    words

Another word for dialect

Noun
      1. A person of European ancestry born in the West Indies or Spanish America.
      2. A person descended from or culturally related to the original French settlers of the southern United States, especially Louisiana.
      3. The French dialect spoken by these people.
      1. A simplified form of speech that is usually a mixture of two or more languages, has a rudimentary grammar and vocabulary, is used for communication between groups speaking different languages, and is not spoken as a first or native language.
      1. The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or social group, especially when viewed as unfamiliar:
      1. Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
      2. A slanted or oblique surface.
      3. A thrust or motion that tilts something.
      1. A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group:
      1. The specialized language of a trade, profession, or similar group, especially when viewed as difficult to understand by outsiders:
      2. Nonsensical or incoherent language:
      3. A hybrid language or dialect; a pidgin. Not in technical use.
      1. A kind of language occurring chiefly in casual and playful speech, made up typically of coinages and figures of speech that are deliberately used in place of standard terms for added raciness, humor, irreverence, or other effect.
      2. Language peculiar to a group; argot or jargon:
      3. To use slang.
      1. A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.
      2. Nonstandard speech.
      3. The special jargon of a group; cant.
      1. The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language.
      2. A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region:
      3. The specialized vocabulary of a particular trade, profession, or group:
      1. The relative prominence of a particular syllable of a word by greater intensity or by variation or modulation of pitch or tone.
      2. Vocal prominence or emphasis given to a particular syllable, word, or phrase.
      3. One determined by the regional or social background of the speaker.
      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.

Synonym Study

  • Slang refers to highly informal speech and particularly to new words, phrases, and extended senses, esp. when restricted in use to an identifiable group college slang
  • Lingo is a humorous or mildly contemptuous term applied to any language, dialect, or jargon by one to whom it is unintelligible
  • Argot refers esp. to the secret jargon of thieves and tramps
  • Jargon is used of the special vocabulary and idioms of a particular class, occupational group, etc., esp. by one who is unfamiliar with these
  • Cant refers to the distinctive stock words, phrases, and clichés used by a particular sect, class, etc. clergymen's cant
  • Vernacular today commonly refers to the informal or colloquial spoken variety of a language as distinguished from the formal or literary variety
  • Dialect , in this comparison, refers to a form of a language used within a particular locality or group and differing from the standard language in matters of pronunciation, syntax, etc.