pidgin English

noun, often capitalized P

Definition of pidgin English

: an English-based pidgin especially : one originally used in parts of east Asia

First Known Use of pidgin English

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pidgin English

Chinese Pidgin English pidgin business

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“Pidgin English.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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