language

/ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ / (say 'langgwij), /ˈlæŋwɪdʒ / (say 'langwij)

noun
1. communication by voice in the distinctively human manner, using arbitrary auditory symbols in conventional ways with conventional meanings.
2. any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another.
3. the non-linguistic means of communication of animals: the language of birds.
4. any basis of communication and understanding: the language of flowers; the language of laughter transcends all barriers.
5. computer language.
6. strong language: no language please.
7. Aboriginal English a traditional Australian Aboriginal language, as distinguished from Standard Australian English, Aboriginal English, or a creole: you talk language?
8. the speech or phraseology peculiar to a class, profession, etc.
9. form or manner of expression: in his own language.
10. speech or expression of a particular character: flowery language.
11. diction or style of writing.
phrase
12. speak someone's language, to be in sympathy with someone; have the same mode of thinking; share the same jargon.
13. speak a different language, to be out of sympathy or accord, especially as a result of different background, education, etc.
14. speak the same language, to be in sympathy or accord, especially as a result of shared background, education, etc.
15. use language, Colloquial to swear.
{Middle English, from Old French langage, from langue tongue, from Latin lingua}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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