from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of the nature, structure, and variation of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The scientific study of language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science of languages, or of the origin, signification, and application of words; glossology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of languages, or of the origin and history of words; the general and comparative study of human languages and of their elements. Also called comparative philology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the humanistic study of language and literature
- n. the scientific study of language
linguist + -ics (Wiktionary)