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Definition of basilect noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

basilect

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈbæsɪlekt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæsɪlekt//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈbeɪsɪlekt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪsɪlekt//
 
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a form of a language that is considered to have a lower status than other forms compare acrolect Word Origin 1960s: from basis + -lect, as in dialect.