noun pa·tois \ˈpa-ˌtwä, ˈpä-\

: a form of a language that is spoken only in a particular area and that is different from the main form of the same language

plural pa·tois \-ˌtwäz\

Full Definition of PATOIS

a :  a dialect other than the standard or literary dialect
b :  uneducated or provincial speech
:  the characteristic special language of an occupational or social group :  jargon

Examples of PATOIS

  1. <the medical patois that the hospital staffers used among themselves was incomprehensible to me>

Origin of PATOIS

First Known Use: 1643

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym


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