Containing or composed of two languages expressed in two languages as a bilingual inscription a bilingual dictionary
- using or once you understand two languages
- someone who speaks two languages fluently
- Containing, or comprising, two languages; expressed in 2 languages; as, a bilingual inscription; a bilingual dictionary.
1818, from bi- + lingual. Latin bilinguis designed literally "two-tongued," and, figuratively, "talking a jumble of languages," in addition "double-tongued, hypocritical, untrue."
(a.) Containing, or consisting of, two languages; expressed in two languages; since, a bilingual inscription; a bilingual dictionary.
Some of them were already manifest when one of its author's colleagues, Schlegel (who had been employed to write the text for Susemihl's plates, originally intended to illustrate Temminck's work), brought out his bilingual Revue critique des oiseaux d'Europe (8vo, 1844), a very remarkable volume, since it correlated and consolidated the labours of French and German, to say nothing of Russian, ornithologists.