language
Definition - According to the Oxford Companion to the English Language, it is: "A human system of communication which uses structured vocal sounds and which can be embodied in other media such as writing, print, and physical sounds."

Example -
The language that this dictionary is written in is English, specifically, Canadian English.

Etymology -
The term derives from the Old French langage (12c.), which in turn derives from the Vulgar Latin *linguaticum (from Latin lingua, tongue or speech or language).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from circa 1290:
"With men þat onder-stoden hire langage."
(S.E. Leg. I. 108/55)



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