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lingo

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noun, lin·go \ˈliŋ-(ˌ)gō\

Simple Definition of lingo

  • : a language

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lingo

plural lingos or lingoes

  1. :  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 in a sentence

  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

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