Simple Definition of lingua franca
: a language that is used among people who speak various different languages
Full Definition of lingua franca
plural lingua francas or lin·guae fran·cae play \-gwē-ˈfraŋ-(ˌ)kē\
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
English is used as a lingua franca among many airline pilots.
Origin of lingua franca
Italian, literally, Frankish language
First Known Use: 1619
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