macrolanguage - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] linguistics 

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/ˈmækrəʊˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ/
singularmacrolanguage
pluralmacrolanguages
  1. a group of individual languages which are closely related to each other and are considered as a single language in certain contexts. Chinese is a macrolanguage with Cantonese and Mandarin as the individual languages.This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary from United Kingdom on 29/05/2015