plural -s
: a French-based pidgin language of North Africa

Word History


French, from the word for "know" in a concocted lingua franca used by Molière †1673 French playwright in his comedy Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1670) as the vehicle of a song (of which the first two lines are Se ti sabir, Ti respondir meaning "if you know, answer"), probably from Spanish saber to know

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“Sabir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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