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 dialectSouth.
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 of the learned.
In the midst of this Babel of dialects there suddenly appeared a standard English language.Earle.
[Charles V.] could address his subjects from every quarter in their native dialect.Prescott.
Syn. -- Language; idiom; tongue; speech; phraseology. See Language, and Idiom.
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