first language

first lan·guage
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furst lang-gwij]
    • /fɜrst ˈlæŋ gwɪdʒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furst lang-gwij]
    • /fɜrst ˈlæŋ gwɪdʒ/

Definitions of first language words

  • noun first language mother tongue 1
  • countable noun first language Someone's first language is the language that they learned first and speak best; used especially when someone speaks more than one language. 0
  • noun first language a person's native language 0
  • noun first language the first language one is taught to speak; one's native language. 0
  • noun first language the language one feels most comfortable and capable with. 0

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Parts of speech for First language


first language popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

first language usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for first language

noun first language

  • vernacular — (of language) native or indigenous (opposed to literary or learned).
  • parent language — an earlier language from which another is derived.

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