Synonyms of language
1 tongueDictionary • the English language
tongue • They feel passionately about their native tongue.
speech • the way common letter clusters are pronounced in speech
dialect • the number of Italians who speak only local dialect
vernacular • To use the vernacular of the day, Peter was square.
patter • the famous Glasgow patter
lingo (informal) • I don't speak the lingo.
patois • people from the ghetto who speak street patois
2 vocabularyDictionary • the language of business
vocabulary • Children need to read to improve their vocabularies.
jargon • full of the jargon and slang of self-improvement courses
terminology • medical terminology
idiom • I was irritated by his use of archaic idiom.
cant • He resorted to a lot of pseudo-psychological cant to confuse me.
argot • the argot of the university campus
3 speechDictionary • Students examined how children acquire language.
speech • the development of speech in children
expression • From Cairo came expressions of regret at the attack.
talk • children babbling on in baby talk
conversation • Our telephone conversation lasted an hour and a half.
discourse • a tradition of political discourse
utterance • the simple utterance of a few platitudes
parlance • He is, in common parlance, a `sad loser'.
4 styleDictionary • a booklet summarising it in plain language
style • The author's style is wonderfully anecdotal.
wording • The wording is so vague that no-one knows what it actually means.
expression • She puts a lot of expression into her playing.
usage • Certain words may not even be in modern usage.
phraseology • The phraseology of his speech was vivid as well as apt.
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argotAn argot is a special language used by a particular group of people, which other people find difficult to understand.
• the argot of the university campus
• He resorted to a lot of pseudo-psychological cant to confuse me.
conversationIf you have a conversation with someone, you talk with them, usually in an informal situation.
• Our telephone conversation lasted an hour and a half.
Thesaurus for language from the Collins English Thesaurus
a system for the expression of thoughts, feelings, etc, by the use of spoken sounds or conventional symbols
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