trade language


Definition of trade language

: a restructured language (such as a lingua franca or pidgin) used especially in commercial communication

Examples of trade language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crowd had started out waving tricolors and Stars and Stripes, trading chants, trading languages. New York Times, 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of trade language

1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Trade language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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