Definitions for: Patois


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
Browne.

Synonyms: argot, cant, jargon, lingo, slang, vernacular

See Also: accent, dialect, idiom, non-standard speech, rhyming slang

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