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- A variety of a language (specifically, often a spoken variety) that is characteristic of a particular area, community or group, often with relatively minor differences in vocabulary, style, spelling and pronunciation.
A language is a dialect with an army and a navy
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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.
This book is writ in such a dialect
As may the minds of listless men affect.
The universal dialect of the world.
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.
In the midst of this Babel of dialects there
suddenly appeared a standard English language.
[Charles V.] could address his subjects from every
quarter in their native dialect.
Syn. -- Language; idiom; tongue; speech; phraseology. See
Language, and Idiom.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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