from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or social group, especially when viewed as unfamiliar.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Language; speech; especially, a peculiar kind of speech, more or less unintelligible; a dialect.
  • noun A large leguminous tree, Pterocarpus Indicus, or its wood. See kiabooca-wood.
  • noun The weight attached to the heddle-cord in a Jacquard loom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Slang Language; speech; dialect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Language, especially language peculiar to a particular group or region; jargon or a dialect.

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

  • noun a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)


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

[Perhaps from Portuguese lingoa, tongue, language, or from Lingua Franca lingua, language; akin to Catalan llengua, Italian lingua, and Spanish lengua, tongue, language, all ultimately from Latin lingua; see dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots.]


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