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Meaning of “tongue” in the English Dictionary

"tongue" in British English

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tonguenoun

uk   us   /tʌŋ/
  • tongue noun (MOUTH PART)

B1 [C] the ​large, ​softpiece of ​flesh in the ​mouth that you can ​move, and is used for ​tasting, ​speaking, etc.: I ​burned my tongue on some ​soup last ​night. [U] the tongue of an ​animal, used as ​food

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  • tongue noun (SHOE)

[C] a ​part of an ​object that is tongue-shaped, ​especially the ​piece of ​material that is under the laces in a ​shoe
  • tongue noun (LANGUAGE)

[C] literary a ​language: immigrantsstruggling to ​learn a ​foreign tongue an ​ancient tongue
  • tongue noun (STYLE OF EXPRESSION)

[S] a person's way of ​expressingtheirideas and ​feelings: She is a ​prolificwriter with ​criticalviews and a sharp (= ​severe and ​critical) tongue.
(Definition of tongue from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tongue" in American English

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tonguenoun

 us   /tʌŋ/
  • tongue noun (MOUTH PART)

the ​movablepart in the ​mouth that is used in tasting and ​swallowingfood and, in ​people, in ​producingspeech
  • tongue noun (LANGUAGE)

[C] a ​language: McAdam could ​speak the ​Eskimo tongue, too.
(Definition of tongue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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