January 29, 2015
polyglot (adjective)
\PAH-lee-glaht\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : speaking or writing several languages2 : containing or composed of several languages
How do you use it?
As an international business, the company preferred to hire polyglot employees.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following is NOT an example of something that is polyglot?

A novel written in only one language or dialect cannot be polyglot, according to the definition of "polyglot" above. "Polyglot" comes from the Greek word "polyglottos," which in turn comes from "poly" (meaning "many" or "several"), and "glotta" (meaning "language" or "tongue"). "Poly" is a prefix in a number of words, including "polyester," "polygon," and "polygraph," but "glotta" makes an appearance in the histories of just a few. The most common word that traces back to "glotta," besides "polyglot," is "gloss," but not the gloss of something shiny. The most common meaning of the "gloss" we're talking about is "a brief explanation (as in the margin or between the lines of a text) of a difficult or obscure word or expression."
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