first language Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “first language” in the English Dictionary

"first language" in British English

See all translations

first languagenoun [C]

uk   us  
B2 the ​language that someone ​learns to ​speak first
(Definition of first language from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"first language" in American English

See all translations

first languagenoun [C]

 /ˈfɜrst ˈlæŋ·ɡwɪdʒ/
the language you ​learn from ​yourparents as you are ​growing up
(Definition of first language from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “first language”
in Arabic اللُغة الأولى…
in Korean 모국어…
in Portuguese língua materna…
in Catalan llengua materna…
in Japanese 母語…
in Chinese (Simplified) 母语, 第一语言…
in Turkish ana dil…
in Russian родной язык…
in Chinese (Traditional) 母語, 第一語言…
in Italian madrelingua…
in Polish język ojczysty…
What is the pronunciation of first language?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

golden

made of gold

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More