from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medium of communication between peoples of different languages.
- n. A mixture of Italian with Provençal, French, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, and Turkish, formerly spoken on the eastern Mediterranean coast.
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- n. a common language used by people of diverse backgrounds to communicate with one another, often a basic form of speech with simplified grammar
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The commercial language of the Levant, -- a mixture of the languages of the people of the region and of foreign traders.
- n. Any hybrid or other language used over a wide area as a common or commercial tongue among peoples of different speech.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a common language used by speakers of different languages
Instead, they employed the well-established Commonwealth lingua franca known as symbospeech.
France has some first-class multinationals, Germany's work force and engineering firms can compete with the world's best, 30 Swedish companies are listed among Forbes Global 2000, Italy is a world leader in design, Ireland is blessed with an educated work force that speaks English, the lingua franca of world trade.
The boy's name was Anigh and, though he spoke the Melnibonéan-derived lingua franca of the Young Kingdoms, his accent was so thick it was sometimes impossible to understand all he said.