Chinook jargon

noun, often capitalized J

Definition of Chinook jargon

: a pidgin language based on Chinook and other Indian languages, French, and English and formerly used as a lingua franca in the northwestern U.S. and on the Pacific coast of Canada and Alaska

First Known Use of Chinook jargon

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Chinook jargon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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