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Word of the Day 09/03/16 Pidgin

Pidgin (noun)
pidgin [pij-uh n]


noun
1. an auxiliary language that has come into existence through the attempts by the speakers of two different languages to communicate and that is primarily a simplified form of one of the languages, with a reduced vocabulary and grammatical structure and considerable variation in pronunciation.
2. (loosely) any simplified or broken form of a language, especially when used for communication between speakers of different languages.

Also called contact language.

Can be confused
pigeon.

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Origin: 1875-80; extracted from pidgin English

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