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Definition of Dialect


  1. Means or mode of expressing thoughts; language; tongue; form of speech.
  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; the dialect of the learned.

Dialect Quotations

Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.
Walt Whitman

My parents genuinely loved Vienna, and in later years I learned from them why the city exerted a powerful hold on them and other Jews. My parents loved the dialect of Vienna, its cultural sophistication, and artistic values.
Eric Kandel

I've found that good dialogue tells you not only what people are saying or how they're communicating but it tells you a great deal - by dialect and tone, content and circumstance - about the quality of the character.
E. O. Wilson

An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another.
Mason Cooley

I think Shakespeare is like a dialect. If I heard a broad Scots accent, I'd probably struggle at first but then I'd start to look for words I recognise and I'd get the gist. I think Shakespeare is like that.
Ralph Fiennes
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Dialect Translations

dialect in Danish is dialekt
dialect in Dutch is tongval, dialect
dialect in French is dialecte
dialect in German is Diaklekt
dialect in Italian is dialetto
dialect in Spanish is dialecto
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