monolingual monolingual  /ˌmɑ nə ˈlɪŋɡ wəl/


  1. (n) a person who knows only one language
  2. (adj) using or knowing only one language


  1. Moreover, because the lingua franca of international hotel staffs is English, notoriously monolingual Americans, Brits and Australians probably rank higher than they should.
  2. Under monolingual Director Gerber now work eleven listening linguists, each of whom knows at least three languages.
  3. Son is a bearded off-beatnik novelist who has brought home to London a monolingual Greek gamine first encountered in a Sardinian hay stack.



  1. Lee explained the need for two languages: "If we were monolingual in our mother tongues, we would not make a living. Becoming monolingual in English would have been a setback. We would have lost our cultural identity, that quiet confidence about...
    on Nov 1, 2009 By: Lee Kuan Yew Source:

  2. Leonard Orban, the EU commissioner for multilingualism, told the Guardian that "British graduates are missing out on some of the best jobs at home and abroad because they are on the whole monolingual". "An English mother-tongue candidate with...
    on Sep 23, 2008 By: Leonard Orban Source: Witan Jardine Recruitment Consultancy

  3. "Instead of helping students learn English, bilingual education became monolingual education in Spanish," Badillo says.
    on Apr 4, 2007 By: Herman Badillo Source:

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