American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To speak in or use jargon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To utter unintelligible sounds.
- n. A colorless, yellowish, or smoky variety of the mineral zircon from Ceylon. The gray varieties are sold in Ceylon as inferior diamonds, and called
Matura diamonds, because most abundant in the district of Matura.
- n. A variety of zircon
- n. uncountable A technical terminology unique to a particular subject.
- n. countable Language characteristic of a particular group.
- n. uncountable Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Confused, unintelligible language; gibberish.
- n. an artificial idiom or dialect; cant language; slang. an idiom with frequent use of informal technical terms, such as acronyms, used by specialists.
- v. To utter jargon; to emit confused or unintelligible sounds; to talk unintelligibly, or in a harsh and noisy manner.
- n. (Min.) A variety of zircon. See zircon.
- 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)
- French, from Italian giargone, from Persian زر گون (zar gun, "gold-colored"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English jargoun, from Old French jargon, probably of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While the jargon is all retro health and safety-education material, the culty fetishism is more J.G. Ballard than CPR.”
“Science journalist Dallas Murphy's book explains the intricate link between the global ocean and the atmosphere in jargon-free prose that is easy for readers to understand.”
“The deficits, the multipliers, all of the jargon is cover for their fear of being proven irrevocably wrong.”
“They may wrap their writing in jargon and statistical mumbo jumbo, but the ideas themselves are not that hard to grasp (comparative advantage not withstanding!).”
“For their part, parents say they don't like when teachers spend conferences speaking in jargon, or trying to prove they're good at their jobs.”
“Avoid jargon – you might think it sounds clever but jargon is a no-no for readers.”
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