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

  • n. Language that is unintelligible or unfamiliar.
  • n. The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or discipline: spoke to me in the lingo of fundamentalism. See Synonyms at dialect.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Language; speech; dialect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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

Probably from Portuguese lingoa, from Latin lingua, language.



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