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lingua franca

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

Simple Definition of lingua franca

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lingua franca

plural

lingua francas

or

linguae francae

play \-gwē-ˈfraŋ-(ˌ)kē\
  1. 1 often capitalized :  a common language consisting of Italian mixed with French, Spanish, Greek, and Arabic that was formerly spoken in Mediterranean ports

  2. 2 :  any of various languages used as common or commercial tongues among peoples of diverse speech

  3. 3 :  something resembling a common language <movies are the lingua franca of the twentieth century — Gore Vidal>

Examples of lingua franca in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of lingua franca

Italian, literally, Frankish language


First Known Use: 1619

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