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argot

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noun ar·got \ˈär-gət, -(ˌ)gō\

Simple Definition of argot

  • : the language used by a particular type or group of people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of argot

  1. :  an often more or less secret vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group <shoved into a taxi by a porter whose argot I couldn't understand — Allen Tate>

Examples of argot in a sentence

  1. groups communicating in their own secret argots

  2. <used the argot of figure skaters>



Did You Know?

We borrowed argot from French in the mid-1800s, although our language already had several words covering its meaning. There was jargon, which harks back to Anglo-French by way of Middle English (where it meant "twittering of birds"); it had been used for specialized (and often obscure or pretentious) vocabulary since the 1600s. There was also lingo, which had been around for almost a hundred years, and which is connected to the Latin word lingua ("language"). English novelist and lawyer Henry Fielding used it of "court gibberish" - what we tend to call legalese. In fact, the suffixal ending -ese is a newer means of indicating arcane vocabulary. One of its very first applications at the turn of the 20th century was for "American 'golfese.'"

Origin of argot

French


First Known Use: 1842

Rhymes with argot



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