patois

noun
pa·​tois | \ˈpa-ˌtwä, ˈpä- \
plural patois\ˈpa-​ˌtwäz, ˈpä-​ \

Definition of patois 

1a : a dialect other than the standard or literary dialect

b : uneducated or provincial speech

2 : the characteristic special language of an occupational or social group : jargon

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Examples of patois in a Sentence

the medical patois that the hospital staffers used among themselves was incomprehensible to me

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Both actors are excellent, building complex characters from the rough urban patois that Ms. Nwandu provides without getting purple, even while approaching a kind of street poetry. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Waiting for Po-Po in a Searing ‘Pass Over’," 18 June 2018 While his Jamaican patois can be a hurdle, stick with it. Jeff Slate, Esquire, "73 Reasons to Love Bob Marley on His 73rd Birthday," 6 Feb. 2018 What cements their union is the news that Solo can speak—or, at any rate, gurgle—the language of the Wookiees, though it must be said that the patois is less charming on the human tongue. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”," 4 June 2017 In patois and in mood, the game manages to be both dystopian and comic, dark and light. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds," 14 May 2018 While his Jamaican patois can be a hurdle, stick with it. Jeff Slate, Esquire, "73 Reasons to Love Bob Marley on His 73rd Birthday," 6 Feb. 2018 While his Jamaican patois can be a hurdle, stick with it. Jeff Slate, Esquire, "73 Reasons to Love Bob Marley on His 73rd Birthday," 6 Feb. 2018 While his Jamaican patois can be a hurdle, stick with it. Jeff Slate, Esquire, "73 Reasons to Love Bob Marley on His 73rd Birthday," 6 Feb. 2018 Those unfamiliar with creoles, thinking them mere patois, argot or vernacular, are missing a glorious display of the ingenuity of those speakers who turned old languages into something brilliantly new. The Economist, "JohnsonThe painful origins of many creole languages," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of patois

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for patois

French

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The first known use of patois was in 1643

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patois

noun

English Language Learners Definition of patois

: a form of a language that is spoken only in a particular area and that is different from the main form of the same language

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