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Chinook jargon

noun

Definition of Chinook jargon

  1. :  a pidgin language based on Chinook and other Indian languages, French, and English and formerly used as a lingua franca in the northwestern United States and on the Pacific coast of Canada and Alaska



1840

First Known Use of chinook jargon

1840


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