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Entry for Strong's #1258 - διάλεκτος

Word Origin
from (1256)
Parts of Speech
Noun Feminine
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. conversation, speech, discourse, language
  2. the tongue or language peculiar to any people
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 3956 ‑ לְשֹׁנָה (law‑shone', law‑shone', lesh‑o‑naw');  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (6) NAS (6) HCS (6)
Acts 6
Acts 6
Acts 6

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

διάλεκτ-ος, ἡ,


1. discourse, conversation, Hp. Art. 30; θεοῖς πρὸς ἀνθρώπους Pl. Smp. 203a; discussion, debate, argument, Id. Tht. 146b; opp. ἔρις, Id. R. 454a.

2. common language, talk, δ. ἡ πρὸς ἀλλήλους Arist. Po. 1449a26; ἡ εἰωθυῖα δ. Id. Rh. 1404b24.


1. speech, language, Ar. Fr. 685; καινὴν δ. λαλῶν Antiph. 171; δ. ἀμνίου, opp. τὰ ἔνδον δράκοντος, Hermipp. 3; articulate speech, language, opp. φωνή, Arist. HA 535a28; τοῦ ἀνθρώπου μία φωνή, ἀλλὰ διάλεκτοι πολλαί Id. Pr. 895a6; but also, spoken, opp. written language, D.H. Comp. 11.

2. the language of a country, Plb. 1.80.6, D.S. 5.6, etc.: esp. dialect, as Ionic, Attic, etc., Diog.Bab.Stoic. 3.213, D.H. Comp. 3, S.E. M. 1.59, Hdn.Gr. 2.932; also, local word or expression, Plu. Alex. 31.


1. way of speaking, accent, D. 37.55.

2. pl., modes of expression, Epicur Ephesians 1 p.24U. style, πανηγυρική, ποιητικὴ δ., D.H. Comp. 23, 21: esp. poetical diction, Phld. Po. 2 Fr. 33, al. of musical instruments, quality, 'idiom', Arist. de An. 420b8.

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 διάλεκτος, διαλεκτου, (διαλέγω);

1. "conversation, speech, discourse, language ( Plato, Demosthenes, others).

2. from Polybius (cf. Aristotle, probl. 10,38 τοῦ ἀνθρώπου μία φωνή, ἀλλά διαλεκτοι πολλαί) down, the tongue or language peculiar to any people: Acts 1:19; Acts 2:6,8; Acts 21:40; Acts 22:2; Acts 26:14. ( Polybius 1,80, 6; 3,22, 3; 40,6, 3 f; μεθερμηνεύειν εἰς τήν Ἑλλήνων διάλεκτον, Diodorus 1,37; πᾶσα μέν διάλεκτος, δ' Ἑλληνικῇ διαφερόντως ὀνομαατων πλουτει, Philo, vit. Moys. ii. § 7; (cf. Muller on Josephus, contra Apion 1,22, 4at the end).)

[διαλιμπάνω (or διαλυμπάνω): imperfect διελιμπανον; to intermit, cease: κλαίων οὐ διελίμπανεν, Acts 8:24 WH (rejected) marginal reading; cf. Winer s Grammar, 345f (323 f); Buttmann, 300 (257). ( Tobit 10:7; Galen in Hipp. Epid. 1,3; cf. Bornem. on Acts , the passage cited; Veitch, under the word λιμπάνω.)]

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

διά -λεκτος , -ου ,

(< διαλέγομαι ),

[in LXX: Da LXX Daniel 1:4 (H3956), Esther 9:26*;]

1. conversation, discourse, speech (Plat., Dem., al.).

2. As in Polyb. and later writers, the language or dialect of a particular country or district: Acts 1:19; Acts 2:6; Acts 2:8; Acts 21:40; Acts 22:2; Acts 26:14.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

P Leid W iv. 29 (ii/iiiA.D.) δὲ ὁ (sic!) ἐπὶ τῆς βάρεως φανεὶς. . . ἰδίᾳ διαλέκτῳ ἀσπάζεταί σε, λέγων κτλ.—the speaker is apparently a being with a dog’s head, who would naturally use a special dialect. Thumb, Gr. Dial. p. 22 f., has an important discussion of the precise differentia of διάλεκτος, which from ";Redeweise"; came to be ";Sprache"; in general (as Acts 22:2), and was finally specialized to ";lokale Spracheigentümlichkeit"; : see his quotations.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
διαλεκτω διαλέκτω διαλέκτῳ διάλευκα διάλευκοι διάλευκον διαλεύκους dialekto dialektō dialéktoi dialéktōi

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