sub·​lan·​guage | \ ˌsəb-ˈlaŋ-gwij How to pronounce sublanguage (audio) , -wij \
variants: or sub-language
plural sublanguages or sub-languages

Definition of sublanguage

: a subvariety of a language especially : the dialect or jargon spoken by a particular group Sublanguage is a variety of language used in a particular field or by a particular professional group and characterized especially by distinctive vocabulary.— Marina I. Solnyshkina Examples of sublanguage include computer jargon and medical terminology … Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science Jargon starts out as a simple technical sublanguage: users devise abbreviations and acronyms that help speed up processes. It also helps reinforce group solidarity … — Baden Eunson

First Known Use of sublanguage

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Sublanguage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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