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Language, n. Also: langwage, -uadge, -wedge, -wige, -uits. [e.m.E. and ME. (14th c.) language, ME. langwag (c 1400), AF. language, altered f. langage appar. after F. langue tongue.] = Langage n. a. A national etc. language. b. Manner of speaking, mode of expression, words, diction. a (1) Quhare wes bot ane language affore, Gode send thame languagis three schore; Lynd. Mon. 1773, 4.
Except ye hear Christ in ane familiar and hamelie language ye cannot understand; Bruce Serm. 76.
Extant in French, Dutch, and all uthir commoune langwedgis in Europe; Melvill 607.
Some of these vnhallowed people [in the West Highlands] with that vnchristiane language; 1615 Highland P. III. 302.
He heard them [gipsies] speak a language which he understood not; 1700 Misc. Spald. C. III. 183.
(2) Uirgill … Nor Cicero … Wrait nocht in Caldye language; Lynd. Mon. 573.
Of the Iles of Orchnay, sum ar Inglese, sum of the language of Norway; Dalr. I. 86/5.
The alde Brittanne language [is] in euerie place worne out; Ib. /17.
Quhen Scotis and Inglis language ar neir nychtbouris; Ib. II. 183/8.
Commonly using amongst your selves the canting languadge of Ægyptianes; 1698 Macritchie Gypsies 114.
(3) Thir … Romance … Maid Latyne scolis … That thare language mycht be ouer all commoun; Lynd. Mon. 583.
I dedicat to ȝour ma[jesty] … the actes notable of our last kings writne in our awne langwage; Dalr. II. 53/30.
Inrespect thair [Scottish merchants'] language and thairs [Englishmen's] ar not so far different bot each ane vnderstandethe ane vther; 1617 Conv. Burghs III. 52.
(4) That … no man be … minister to any of these Irish charges [in Aberlour] bot he who hath the language; 1656 Moray Synod 122.
b (1) The lyoun his language Paissit; Henr. Fab. 1495.
That scho say na displesour na inuirious language till Thomas Wauhope; 1530 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 27.
This ilk Ferquhart … Witht laureat language … His orisoun begouth; Stewart 2141.
I hait flatterie and in to wourdis plane And vnaffectit language I delyte; Arbuthnot Maitl. F. xxix. 72.
He … Hes it depaint of langwage full ornate; Clar. v. 2256.
Falling furth with vtheris incumlie languag & wiffull terms; 1605 Glasgow Merchants House 94.
Heiring the said Georg vnseamelie langwage; 1615 Highland P. III. 208.
Ane speche … that [it] be deliuerit in sensible ticht and gude language; 1617 Mill Mediæv. Plays 268.
Profaine langwage; 1669 Salmon Borrowstounness 86.
Cited for abusing some of elders and giving them ill language; 1675 S. Leith Rec. I. 131.
I wil be at a point and shal speeck plain languits; 1698 Annandale Corr. 161.
(2) Ane Englische proclamatioune, in matter and langwedge; Melvill 613.
I have seen many letters from the councell, but never any in such langwige; 1705 Annandale Corr. 223.

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"Language n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Mar 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/language>



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