Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nonsensical, incoherent, or meaningless talk.
  • n. A hybrid language or dialect; a pidgin.
  • n. The specialized or technical language of a trade, profession, or similar group. See Synonyms at dialect.
  • n. Speech or writing having unusual or pretentious vocabulary, convoluted phrasing, and vague meaning.
  • intransitive v. To speak in or use jargon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A technical terminology unique to a particular subject.
  • n. Language characteristic of a particular group.
  • n. Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.
  • n. A variety of zircon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Confused, unintelligible language; gibberish.
  • n. an artificial idiom or dialect; cant language; slang.
  • n. A variety of zircon. See zircon.
  • intransitive v. To utter jargon; to emit confused or unintelligible sounds; to talk unintelligibly, or in a harsh and noisy manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter unintelligible sounds.
  • n. Confused, unintelligible talk; irregular, formless speech or language; gabble; gibberish; babble.
  • n. Specifically A barbarous mixed speech, without literary monuments; a rude language resulting from the mixture of two or more discordant languages, especially of a cultivated language with a barbarous one: as, the Chinook jargon; the jargon called Pidgin-English.
  • n. Any phraseology peculiar to a sect, profession, trade, art, or science; professional slang or cant.
  • n. Synonyms Chatter, Babble, etc. See prattle, n.
  • n. A colorless, yellowish, or smoky variety of the mineral zircon from Ceylon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon
  • n. specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
  • n. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English jargoun, from Old French jargon, probably of imitative origin.

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Old French jargon ("chatter, talk, language")

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French, from Italian giargone, from Persian زر گون (zar gun, "gold-colored").

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