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)

Other Words from jargon

Noun

jargony \ ˈjär-​gə-​nē How to pronounce jargon (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 After notable missteps, marked by eye-rolling jargon, stubbornness and an inability to read the room which threatened to pull the rug out of his tenure, the Justin Langer era finally appears to have arrived. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 Specific jargon and acronyms that are used regularly in your office or industry should be avoided. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Despite the high concepts and skiffy jargon, Abdul-Mateen considers Resurrections to be the most grounded of all his sci-fi roles. Nick Romano, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The doctor used medical jargon, included unexplained test results and omitted the elevated protein level. Rebecca Woolington, orlandosentinel.com, 25 Sep. 2021 Talking about culture — the Bears culture has been positively .500 the last two seasons — and using corporate jargon that doesn’t apply on the gridiron only will pass the time from one Sunday to the next. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 14 Sep. 2021 In times of great change (or trauma), language should be plain, simple and devoid of jargon or complexity. Dean Fealk, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 One suspects that, for Williams, our mixture of political cant, scientific jargon, and corporate cliché has passed the point of no return. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 When done well, differentiation is a great way to make your brand stand out in a sea of gray corporate jargon. Yec, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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

: 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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