Definition of lingo
: strange or incomprehensible language or speech: such asa : a foreign language <It can be hard to travel in a foreign country if you don't speak the lingo.>b : the special vocabulary of a particular field of interest <The book has a lot of computer lingo.>c : language characteristic of an individual <He has his own lingo … and at the top of each shift, he delivers a monologue that sets the table for his show. — Tim Sullivan>
Examples of lingo in a sentence
It can be hard to travel in a foreign country if you don't speak the lingo.
The book has a lot of computer lingo that I don't understand.
Origin and Etymology of lingo
probably from Lingua Franca, language, tongue, from Occitan, from Latin lingua — more at tongue
First Known Use: 1659
LINGO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lingo for English Language Learners
: a language
: the special language used for a particular activity or by a particular group of people
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