patois

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noun pa·tois \ˈpa-ˌtwä, ˈpä-\

Definition of patois

plural

patois

play \-ˌtwäz\
  1. 1 a :  a dialect other than the standard or literary dialect b :  uneducated or provincial speech

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

Examples of patois in a sentence

  1. <the medical patois that the hospital staffers used among themselves was incomprehensible to me>

Origin and Etymology of patois

French


First Known Use: 1643

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PATOIS Defined for English Language Learners

patois

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noun pa·tois \ˈpa-ˌtwä, ˈpä-\

Definition of patois for English Language Learners

  • : 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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