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A pidgin language combining words from Nootka, Chinook, Salishan languages, French, and English, formerly used as a lingua franca in the Pacific Northwest.
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(Languages) a pidgin language containing elements of Native American languages, English, and French: formerly used among fur traders and Indians on the NW coast of North America
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a pidgin based largely on Nootka, Lower Chinook, French, and English, once widely used as a lingua franca from Alaska to Oregon.
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|Noun||1.||Chinook Jargon - a pidgin incorporating Chinook and French and English words; formerly used as a lingua franca in northwestern North America|
pidgin - an artificial language used for trade between speakers of different languages
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