natural language love

natural language


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A human written or spoken language as opposed to a computer language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun retronym, countable a human language which has evolved naturally in a community, usually in contrast to computer programming languages or to artificially constructed languages such as Esperanto.
  • noun uncountable natural languages (sense 1) considered collectively

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

natural + language


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word natural language.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Reading another comment on Wordnik that referred to "natural language", it struck me that the term is a retronym. I'm not sure when it originated, but I imagine the term was first used to distinguish human communication from machine communication.

    October 4, 2015