from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A simplified form of speech that is usually a mixture of two or more languages, has a rudimentary grammar and vocabulary, is used for communication between groups speaking different languages, and is not spoken as a first or native language. Also called contact language.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an amalgamation of two disparate languages, used by two populations having no common language as a lingua franca to communicate with each other, lacking formalized grammar and having a small, utilitarian vocabulary and no native speakers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Business; affair; thing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an artificial language used for trade between speakers of different languages
From Pidgin English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Pidgin English, from a Chinese attempt to pronounce the English word business during trades in the Far East. (Wiktionary)