lingo

noun
lin·​go | \ ˈliŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce lingo (audio) \
plural lingos or lingoes

Definition of lingo

: strange or incomprehensible language or speech: such as
a : 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

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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.

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Learn the lingo If intimidation is the major barrier standing between you and your trip to the fragrance aisle, here's a quick schooling in notes (e.g. top, middle, and bottom). Alexandra Engler, Marie Claire, "How to Choose Perfume: 3 Easy Tricks," 27 Aug. 2018 Carta analyzed 6,000 startups with a combined $45 billion in value to find out who actually sits on the capitalization table—or cap table, to use techie lingo—which is the ownership record of who has shares in a company. Jo Piazza, Marie Claire, "Hatched at Twitter," 12 Feb. 2019 In scientific lingo, penguins aren’t a keystone species—one on which other creatures depend for survival. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Counting Penguins Isn’t Always Black and White," 2 Nov. 2018 Readers mystified by any of the author’s orphic lingo will find full explanations in the book’s extensive glossary. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: James Baldwin’s Tale of Childhood in Harlem," 23 Aug. 2018 That state of affairs put Nvidia in an interesting position in August when the company announced a new wave of graphics cards with even more terminology and lingo attached. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 Borderless world, open borders, open markets, free thought, whatever their lingo is. Fox News, "Ken Starr: Impeachment is hell," 11 Sep. 2018 Pour on the dark, smoky, secret-recipe dip (Lexington lingo for sauce). Frances Bailey, Country Living, "North Carolina BBQ Road Trip Route," 7 July 2014 The news reports, in turn, have bombarded the uninitiated with stock market lingo that may sound strange. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "10 stock market words you need to understand when the Dow Jones turns bumpy," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lingo

1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lingo

probably from Lingua Franca, language, tongue, from Occitan, from Latin lingua — more at tongue

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lingo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lingo

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

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