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pidg·in

 (pĭj′ən)
n.
A simplified form of speech that is usually a mixture of two or more languages, has a rudimentary grammar and vocabulary, is used for communication between groups speaking different languages, and is not spoken as a first or native language. Also called contact language.


pidg′in·i·za′tion n.
pidg′in·ize′ v.

pidgin

(ˈpɪdʒɪn)
n
(Linguistics) a language made up of elements of two or more other languages and used for contacts, esp trading contacts, between the speakers of other languages. Unlike creoles, pidgins do not constitute the mother tongue of any speech community
[C19: perhaps from Chinese pronunciation of English business]

pidg•in

(ˈpɪdʒ ən)

n.
1. an auxiliary language that has developed from the need of speakers of two different languages to communicate and is primarily a simplified form of one of the languages, with a reduced vocabulary and grammatical structure.
2. (loosely) any simplified form of a language, esp. when used for communication between speakers of different languages.
[1875–80; extracted from pidgin English]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pidgin - an artificial language used for trade between speakers of different languages
artificial language - a language that is deliberately created for a specific purpose
Chinook Jargon, Oregon Jargon - a pidgin incorporating Chinook and French and English words; formerly used as a lingua franca in northwestern North America
Translations
لُغَةٌ خَليطَه
pidžin
pidgin
PidginPidginsprachePidgin-Sprache
keverék angolnyelv
blendingsmál
maišyta
pidžinvaloda, jaukta sarunvaloda
miešaná angličtina
karma/melez dil

pidgin

[ˈpɪdʒɪn] N (also pidgin English) (formerly) lengua franca (inglés-chino) comercial del Lejano Oriente
he used his pidgin French to chat up the girlsrecurrió a su francés macarrónico para ligar con las chicas

pidgin

[ˈpɪdʒɪn]
adj
(= mixed language) pidgin language → créole m
(= broken) → de cuisine
to communicate in pidgin French → communiquer en français de cuisine
n (= pidgin English) → pidgin m pidgin Englishpidgin English npidgin m

pidgin

nMischsprache f

pidgin

(ˈpidʒən) noun
any of a number of languages which consist of a mixture of English, French, Portuguese etc and some non-European (especially African) language. Beach-la-mar is a pidgin spoken in parts of the southern Pacific Ocean; (also adjective) pidgin English.
References in classic literature ?
She tried to talk to him, partly by signs, partly in pidgin French, which, for some reason, she thought would be more comprehensible to him, and she had half a dozen phrases of English.
Kwaque demanded, who to his beche-de-mer English was already adding pidgin English.
Thus, it is now becoming fashionable to see either illiterate, semi-literate or literate parents speaking Nigerian pidgin English, or a mixture of both Etsako and English, or Etsako and Nigerian pidgin English in communicating with the child.
Fans who put it on their phones won't have to speak Polish to find the pub, or ask for a full Scottish breakfast in pidgin Georgian.
Heather was selected to recite because she could speak impeccable English, but when she got on stage and saw a sea of black faces she immediately switched to pidgin.
There is Lionel Fogarty, whose postsurrealist poems incorporate words and phrases of his native Murri and pidgin English to create a linguistic portrait of the indigenous Australian conscience.
Both Adium and Pidgin, the instant messaging clients of Mac and Windows, also support Tor.
Francesca says: What did you think of the Pidgin English (also called Cam-Tok) used in the book?
Pidgin Italian it may have been, but it was impressive and well appreciated by the locals.
McClaren (right) is still trying to live down two humiliating episodes in history - brollygate and that interview he gave in pidgin Dutch.
Often even pidgin English (that's not a toilet) is spoken rather than a local dialect.
I don't want this carrot" Hollywood star Joaquin Phoenix rejects the idea of an Oscar for his latest film The Master "Mi nambawan pikinini bilong misis kwin" The Prince of Wales, below, tells a crowd in Papua New Guinea, in pidgin, "I am the first-born child of Her Majesty the Queen" "You really should see me in my swimming trunks" Justice Minister Lord McNulty responding to a suggestion that he is not Daniel Craig Mark II "I am frightened of rats, but then again, I do work with them" Tory MP Nadine Dorries on her phobias in relation to her decision to appear on I'm A Celebrity .