lingua lingua  /ˈlɪŋɡwə/


  • (n) a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity



  1. But while English may be the only truly international language, millions of tongues are wagging over what is rapidly becoming the world's other lingua franca: Mandarin.
  2. Moreover, because the lingua franca of international hotel staffs is English, notoriously monolingual Americans, Brits and Australians probably rank higher than they should.
  3. Toasts are the lingua franca of diplomacy.


  • English is no longer the language of the web

    Conventional wisdom suggests that English is becoming “the world’s second language,” a lingua franca that many forward—looking organizations are adopting it as a working language. Optimists about the spread ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Quartz via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "Tagging is becoming the lingua franca of the live web," Sifry said. "The web itself is becoming more self-organizing. People are teaching the machine what things mean."
    on Apr 5, 2007 By: David Sifry Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. Asked on Thursday if this meant introducing Esperanto into Irish schools, party leader John Gormley said: "I think it's fair to say that English has actually become the lingua franca now of Europe."
    on May 22, 2009 By: John Gormley Source: Irish Times

  3. "Cornbread is loved everywhere, but in the south it's lingua franca," says Dragonwagon, a yarn-spinning cook and writer who has spent most of her adult life living in Arkansas, where for 18 years she ran a country inn and restaurant, Dairy...
    on Oct 22, 2008 By: Crescent Dragonwagon Source: OCRegister

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