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jargon

noun jar·gon \ ˈjär-gən , -ˌgän \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of jargon

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
3 a : 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

jargony

play \ˈjär-gə-nē, -ˌgä-nē\ adjective

Examples of jargon in a Sentence

  1. medical jargon that the layman cannot understand

  2. an academic essay filled with jargon

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Origin and Etymology of jargon

Middle English, from Anglo-French jargun, gargon

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jargon

verb

Definition of jargon

intransitive verb
1 : jargonize

Examples of jargon in a Sentence

  1. the birds who began jargoning to greet the dawn

Origin and Etymology of jargon

jargon Synonyms

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JARGON Defined for English Language Learners

jargon

noun

Definition of jargon for English Language Learners

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


JARGON Defined for Kids

jargon

noun jar·gon \ ˈjär-gən , -ˌgän \

Definition of jargon for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

jargon

noun jar·gon \ ˈjär-gən, -ˌgän \

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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