lingo


lin·go

noun \ˈliŋ-(ˌ)gō\

: a language

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

plural lingos or lingoes

Full Definition of LINGO

:  strange or incomprehensible language or speech: as
a :  a foreign language
b :  the special vocabulary of a particular field of interest
c :  language characteristic of an individual

Examples of LINGO

  1. It can be hard to travel in a foreign country if you don't speak the lingo.
  2. The book has a lot of computer lingo that I don't understand.

Origin of LINGO

probably from Lingua Franca, language, tongue, from Occitan, from Latin lingua — more at tongue
First Known Use: 1660

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

Rhymes with LINGO

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