1. Means or mode of expressing thoughts; language; tongue; form of speech.
This book is writ in such a dialect
As may the minds of listless men affect.
The universal dialect of the world. --South.
2. The form of speech of a limited region or people, as distinguished from ether forms nearly related to it; a variety or subdivision of a language; speech characterized by local peculiarities or specific circumstances; as, the Ionic and Attic were dialects of Greece; the Yorkshire dialect; the dialect of the learned.
In the midst of this Babel of dialects there suddenly appeared a standard English language. --Earle.
[Charles V.] could address his subjects from every quarter in their native dialect. --Prescott.
Syn: -- Language; idiom; tongue; speech; phraseology. See Language, and Idiom.
n : the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific
group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of
English"; "he has a strong German accent" [syn: idiom,