jou·​al zhü-ˈal How to pronounce joual (audio)
: spoken Canadian French
especially : the local forms of the spoken French of Quebec that differ the most from prescribed forms

Word History


Canadian French, rendering of a nonstandard pronoun of French cheval horse

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of joual was in 1962

Dictionary Entries Near joual

Cite this Entry

“Joual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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