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Synonym and Dialect Definitions

Synonym

A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language.

Dialect

A regional or social variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary, especially a variety of speech differing from the standard literary language or speech pattern of the culture in which it exists
Cockney is a dialect of English.

Synonym

A word or expression that serves as a figurative or symbolic substitute for another
"Romeo has become a synonym for any youthful lover" (Harry Levin).

Dialect

A variety of language that with other varieties constitutes a single language of which no single variety is standard
The dialects of Ancient Greek.

Synonym

(Biology) One of two or more scientific names that have been applied to the same species or other taxonomic group.
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Dialect

The language peculiar to the members of a group, especially in an occupation; jargon
The dialect of science.

Synonym

A word whose meaning is the same as that of another word.

Dialect

The manner or style of expressing oneself in language or the arts.

Synonym

A word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase.
“Happy” is a synonym of “glad”.

Dialect

A language considered as part of a larger family of languages or a linguistic branch. Not in scientific use
Spanish and French are Romance dialects.
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Synonym

(zoology) Any of the formal names for a taxon, including the valid name (i.e. the senior synonym).

Dialect

A lect (often a regional or minority language) as part of a group or family of languages, especially if they are viewed as a single language, or if contrasted with a standardized idiom that is considered the 'true' form of the language (for example, Cantonese as contrasted with Mandarin Chinese or Bavarian as contrasted with Standard German).

Synonym

Any name for a taxon, usually a validly published, formally accepted one, but often also an unpublished name.

Dialect

A variety of a language that is characteristic of a particular area, community, or social group, differing from other varieties of the same language in relatively minor ways as regards grammar, phonology, and lexicon.

Synonym

(databases) An alternative (often shorter) name defined for an object in a database.

Dialect

(pejorative) Language that is perceived as substandard or wrong.

Synonym

One of two or more words (commonly words of the same language) which are equivalents of each other; one of two or more words which have very nearly the same signification, and therefore may often be used interchangeably. See under Synonymous.
All languages tend to clear themselves of synonyms as intellectual culture advances, the superfluous words being taken up and appropriated by new shades and combinations of thought evolved in the progress of society.
His name has thus become, throughout all civilized countries, a synonym for probity and philanthropy.
In popular literary acceptation, and as employed in special dictionaries of such words, synonyms are words sufficiently alike in general signification to be liable to be confounded, but yet so different in special definition as to require to be distinguished.

Dialect

A language existing only in an oral or non-standardized form, especially a language spoken in a developing country or an isolated region.

Synonym

An incorrect or incorrectly applied scientific name, as a new name applied to a species or genus already properly named, or a specific name preoccupied by that of another species of the same genus; - so used in the system of nomenclature (which see) in which the correct scientific names of certain natural groups (usually genera, species, and subspecies) are regarded as determined by priority.

Dialect

A variant of a non-standardized programming language.
Home computers in the 1980s had many incompatible dialects of BASIC.

Synonym

One of two or more words corresponding in meaning but of different languages; a heteronym.

Dialect

(ornithology) A variant form of the vocalizations of a bird species restricted to a certain area or population.

Synonym

Two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context

Dialect

Means or mode of expressing thoughts; language; tongue; form of speech.
This book is writ in such a dialectAs may the minds of listless men affect.Bunyan.The universal dialect of the world.

Dialect

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.

Dialect

The usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people;
The immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English
He has a strong German accent

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