jargon

noun
jar·​gon | \ ˈjär-gən How to pronounce jargon (audio) , -ˌgän\

Definition of jargon

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1 : the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group sports jargon
2 : obscure and often pretentious language marked by circumlocutions and long words an academic essay filled with jargon
3a : confused unintelligible language
b : a strange, outlandish, or barbarous language or dialect
c : a hybrid language or dialect simplified in vocabulary and grammar and used for communication between peoples of different speech

jargon

verb
jargoned; jargoning; jargons

Definition of jargon (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from jargon

Noun

jargony \ ˈjär-​gə-​nē How to pronounce jargony (audio) , -​ˌgä-​nē \ adjective

Examples of jargon in a Sentence

Noun

medical jargon that the layman cannot understand an academic essay filled with jargon

Verb

the birds who began jargoning to greet the dawn
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like many people in California, Kim can slip into the jargon of a vague spirituality that wants to provide easy answers for the unexplainable twists and turns of life. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 June 18-19, 2013 Chairman Bernanke can’t resist the opportunity to (humorously) use Fed jargon when announcing the departure of Fed economist David Reifschneider. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Nineteen Central Bankers Walk Into a Bar…," 11 Jan. 2019 This new jargon aside, regular old thread count is important with regards to quality. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "How Often Should You Replace Your Sheets Set?," 11 Jan. 2019 Almost every Kakhetian winery produces a wickedly dark saperavi, one of the world’s few teinturiers, somm jargon for grapes whose flesh and skin are both deep red. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Georgian Wine Country," 5 Sep. 2018 With so many street-food (or hawker-food, in local jargon) specialties on offer and so many hawker centers scattered over the island, where to begin? Robyn Eckhardt, WSJ, "Two Strategic Days in Singapore: Where to Splurge, Where to Save," 4 Jan. 2019 Abuelsamid also pointed out the lack of hardware and software redundancy that would be necessary for a truly autonomous vehicle (SAE level 5 in the jargon). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?," 10 Dec. 2018 Explain to air traffic control clearly, without attempting any kind of jargon, what has happened. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Land an Airplane, According to Bear Grylls," 27 Aug. 2018 For deaf scientists like Lorne, ASL has the power to turn abstract, jargon-laden concepts into rich, visual representations. William Poor, The Verge, "How deaf researchers are reinventing science communication," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s like the same thing that happened in 2008 when everybody was bedazzled by all these Wall Street jargon terms like collateralized debt obligations. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Corey Pein, author of ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ on Recode Decode," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of jargon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for jargon

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French jargun, gargon

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jargon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jargon

usually disapproving : the language used for a particular activity or by a particular group of people

jargon

noun
jar·​gon | \ ˈjär-gən How to pronounce jargon (audio) , -ˌgän\

Kids Definition of jargon

1 : the special vocabulary of an activity or group sports jargon
2 : language that is not clear and is full of long words

jargon

noun
jar·​gon | \ ˈjär-gən, -ˌgän How to pronounce jargon (audio) \

Medical Definition of jargon

1 : the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity, group, profession, or field of study medical jargon
2 : unintelligible, meaningless, or incoherent speech (as that associated with Wernicke's aphasia or some forms of schizophrenia)

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