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



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.