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Pidgin English

also pidgin English
Any of several pidgins based on English and now spoken mostly on the Pacific islands and in West Africa.

[Alteration of pigeon English, from Pidgin English pigeon, business, perhaps from a Chinese pronunciation of English business.]

pidgin English

(Languages) a pidgin in which one of the languages involved is English


(or Pidg′in) Eng′lish,

1. Chinese Pidgin English.
2. any of various other pidgins with lexicons taken primarily from English, as Bislama and New Guinea Pidgin.
[1820–30; pidgin, pigeon < Chinese Pidgin E: business, affair; orig. uncertain]

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