jargon

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

Definition of jargon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 For my money, the best part of professional wrestling is the jargon. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, "Nobody Really Goes to Peter Luger for the Food Anyway," 6 Nov. 2019 Their notes are a jumble of what may seem like jargon. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Retracing the Kincade Fire's path, damage inspectors grapple with loss — and lessons," 29 Oct. 2019 The extra-vehicular activity, as the spacewalk is known in astronaut jargon, was delayed by seven months because the space station had only one medium-sized spacesuit on board. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Israeli-Swedish NASA astronaut participates in first all-female space walk," 22 Oct. 2019 Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage: This nighttime event is a great place to try out pirate jargon. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Talk Like a Pirate Day: Celebrate with scallywags from Pirate’s Dinner Adventure," 8 May 2018 One reason may be that the Navy often communicates in technical jargon, scattering key details of its plans throughout lengthy documents that can be difficult to understand. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "Report: Navy altered Hunters Point cleanup to cover, not remove, toxic soil," 14 Aug. 2019 These mutations are, in the jargon of evolutionary biology, neutral. Quanta Magazine, "The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity," 16 July 2013 The jargon serves to cover up the continuities between the modern NFL and an era in which the suppression of player mobility was more frankly administered. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Fate of the Union: What the NFLPA Can Learn From the Fight of '77," 18 June 2019 Five years ago, the start-up started slinging compressed mattresses in cardboard boxes straight to buyers’ homes — an alternative to cluttered mattress chains that tried to baffle consumers with jargon. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "Casper Dreams of Being Bigger Than Mattresses," 13 Sep. 2019 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 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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The first known use of jargon was in the 14th century

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jargon

noun
How to pronounce jargon (audio)

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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