jargon


1jar·gon

noun \ˈjär-gən, -ˌgän\

: the language used for a particular activity or by a particular group of people

Full Definition of JARGON

1
a :  confused unintelligible language
b :  a strange, outlandish, or barbarous language or dialect
c :  a hybrid language or dialect simplified in vocabulary and grammar and used for communication between peoples of different speech
2
:  the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group
3
:  obscure and often pretentious language marked by circumlocutions and long words
jar·gony \-gə-nē, -ˌgä-nē\ adjective

Examples of JARGON

  1. medical jargon that the layman cannot understand
  2. an academic essay filled with jargon

Origin of JARGON

Middle English, from Anglo-French jargun, gargon
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

Rhymes with JARGON

2jargon

verb

Definition of JARGON

intransitive verb
1
2
:  jargonize

Examples of JARGON

  1. <the birds who began jargoning to greet the dawn>

First Known Use of JARGON

14th century

Related to JARGON

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

jar·gon

noun \ˈjär-gən, -ˌgän\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of JARGON

1
: the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity, group, profession, or field of study <medical jargon>
2
: unintelligible, meaningless, or incoherent speech (as that associated with Wernicke's aphasia or some forms of schizophrenia)

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