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noun as in jargon

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We also listen to the mixing of languages in the sailors’ patois and to the commonality of multilingualism across Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

From Time

Populating the novel is the usual cast of characters, foremost among them the cop shop’s inimitable secretary, Agatino Catarella, who blends obsequiousness, prudery and verbal ineptitude into a patois all his own.

Performers like Renato soon found that if they spoke to the predominantly Spanish-speaking audience in their language as opposed to English or Patois, the crowd would go crazy.

From Time

Rapping in his hometown patois, Roiall brings that authenticity to his videos “Nobody” and “Soda,” which was shot at Half Way Tree in Jamaica.

From Ozy

She talks like her daughter now; everyone does, in that speedy, all-knowing, wisecrack-spattered sitcom patois of Modern Family.

Biderman, who has an amazing ear for dialogue and verbal cues, has the Hollywood patois down pat.

The patois of Saint-Rémy has been developed and expanded into a beautiful literary language.

Jasmin had already shown the Parisians that real poetry of a high order could be written in a patois.

He sympathizes with every attempt, wherever made, the world over, to raise up a patois into a language.

So that the Provençal language, in spite of everything, keeps a certain patois vulgarity.

Some of the hay-makers called to me, but in such barbarous patois, that I could make nothing of them.


On this page you'll find 24 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to patois, such as: argot, dialect, idiom, lingo, slang, and vernacular.

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