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lingua franca

noun lin·gua fran·ca \ˈliŋ-gwə-ˈfraŋ-kə\

: a language that is used among people who speak various different languages

plural lingua francas or lin·guae fran·cae \-gwē-ˈfraŋ-(ˌ)kē\

Full Definition of LINGUA FRANCA

1
often capitalized :  a common language consisting of Italian mixed with French, Spanish, Greek, and Arabic that was formerly spoken in Mediterranean ports
2
:  any of various languages used as common or commercial tongues among peoples of diverse speech
3
:  something resembling a common language <movies are the lingua franca of the twentieth century — Gore Vidal>

Examples of LINGUA FRANCA

  1. English is used as a lingua franca among many airline pilots.

Origin of LINGUA FRANCA

Italian, literally, Frankish language
First Known Use: 1619

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

Rhymes with LINGUA FRANCA

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