lingo

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noun lin·go \ˈliŋ-(ˌ)gō\

Definition of lingo

plural

lingos

or

lingoes

  1. :  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

  1. It can be hard to travel in a foreign country if you don't speak the lingo.

  2. 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

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LINGO Defined for English Language Learners

lingo

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noun lin·go \ˈliŋ-(ˌ)gō\

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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