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

  • noun a person who is fluent in numerous languages.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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


  • The arch-polylinguist Sir Richard Burton accelerated his language accumulation by learning idiomatic insults first.

    More use, less change

  • Hans Selye, the "father of stress" was a polylinguist, whose first language was not English.

    Five Things You Need To Know About Stress

  • Uhura (Zoe Saldana) is no longer a 23rd century space receptionist but a shrewd polylinguist who has a thing going on with Mr Spock - a plot point once hinted at in early TV episodes, but discarded.



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