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Meaning of PATOIS

Pronunciation:  'pa`twâ

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard
  2. [n]  a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"

PATOIS is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: argot, cant, jargon, lingo, slang, vernacular
 See Also: accent, dialect, idiom, non-standard speech, rhyming slang



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pa`tois"\, n. [F.]
A dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial
form of speech.

      The jargon and patois of several provinces. --Sir T.

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