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1. The specialized language of a trade, profession, or similar group, especially when viewed as difficult to understand by outsiders: a crime novel that uses a lot of police jargon.
2. Nonsensical or incoherent language: "Your description will be considered as mere jargon by every man of sense" (Alexander Hamilton).
3. A hybrid language or dialect; a pidgin. Not in technical use.
intr.v. jar·goned, jar·gon·ing, jar·gons
To speak in or use jargon.
[Middle English jargoun, from Old French jargon, probably of imitative origin.]
jar′gon·ist, jar′gon·eer′ n.
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1. (Linguistics) specialized language concerned with a particular subject, culture, or profession
2. language characterized by pretentious syntax, vocabulary, or meaning
4. (Linguistics) another word for pidgin
(intr) to use or speak in jargon
[C14: from Old French, perhaps of imitative origin; see gargle]
(Geological Science) mineralogy rare a golden yellow, smoky, or colourless variety of zircon
[C18: from French, from Italian giargone, ultimately from Persian zargūn of the golden colour; see zircon]
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jar•gon(ˈdʒɑr gən, -gɒn)
1. the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
2. unintelligible talk or writing; gibberish; babble.
4. language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.v.i.
5. to jargonize.
[1300–50; Middle English jargoun < Middle French; Old French jargon, gargun, derivative of an expressive base *garg-; see gargle, gargoyle]
jar′gon•y, jar`gon•is′tic, adj.
syn: See language.
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Past participle: jargoned
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A language that is special to a profession, culture, or subject, often technical, and is not easily understood by outsiders; also used to mean any apparently nonsensical language .
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|Noun||1.||jargon - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"|
bite - a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
swiz - British slang for a swindle
shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)
power trip - (slang) a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
hand job - slang for masturbation
dekko - British slang for a look
square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
caff - informal British term for a cafe
deck - street name for a packet of illegal drugs
Mickey Finn - slang term for knockout drops
nick - (British slang) a prison; "he's in the nick"
cert - an absolute certainty; "it's a dead cert"
legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"
bunghole - vulgar slang for anus
street name - slang for something (especially for an illegal drug); "`smack' is a street name for heroin"
corker - (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person; "that story was a corker"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
codswallop, folderol, trumpery, wish-wash, applesauce, tripe, rubbish, trash - nonsensical talk or writing
skin flick - a pornographic movie
dibs - a claim of rights; "I have dibs on that last slice of pizza"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
rhyming slang - slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component; "Cockney rhyming slang"
burnup - a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
nosh-up - a large satisfying meal
hood - (slang) a neighborhood
'hood - (slang) a neighborhood
paleface - (slang) a derogatory term for a white person (supposedly used by North American Indians)
white trash - (slang) an offensive term for White people who are impoverished
whitey - (slang) offensive names for a White man
slant-eye - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
sheeny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Jew
airhead - a flighty scatterbrained simpleton; "she's a total airhead"; "every airhead on a big salary rushed out to buy one"
bad egg - (old-fashioned slang) a bad person
boffin - (British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research
good egg - (old-fashioned slang) a good person
guvnor - (British slang) boss
old man - (slang) boss
out-and-outer - someone who is excellent at something
|2.||jargon - a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon|
|3.||jargon - specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject|
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
doctorspeak - medical jargon
ecobabble - using the technical language of ecology to make the user seem ecologically aware
Eurobabble - the jargon of European community documents and regulations
gobbledygook - incomprehensible or pompous jargon of specialists
psychobabble - using language loaded with psychological terminology
technobabble - technical jargon from computing and other high-tech subjects
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noun parlance, slang, idiom, patter, tongue, usage, dialect, cant, lingo (informal), patois, argot full of the jargon and slang of self-improvement courses
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1. Unintelligible or foolish talk:
2. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form:
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jargon[ˈdʒɑːgən] N → jerga f
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jargon[ˈdʒɑːrgɒn ˈdʒɑːrgən] n → jargon m
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jargon[ˈdʒɑːgən] n → gergo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
special words or phrases used within a group, trade or profession etc. legal jargon; medical jargon; Thieves use a special jargon in order to confuse passing hearers. brabbeltaal, koeterwaals, kombuistaal, wartaal, Potjieslatyn; jargon, brabbel لُغَه خاصَّه жаргон jargão slang; hantýrka der Jargon jargon; fagsprog φρασεολογία, επαγγελματική διάλεκτος jerga erikeel زبان فنی؛ زبان حرفه ای ammattikieli jargon זָ'רגוֹן מִקצוֹעִי विशिष्ट शब्दावली žargon csoportnyelv, tolvajnyelv, szaknyelv, zsargon istilah khusus sérmál gergo 専門語 (특정 직업, 집단의) 특수 용어, 전문어, 결말, 은어 žargonas žargons jargon jargonsjargongżargon ګډوډى خبرې، بې معنى خبرې: دبيلو بيلو اجتماعي فشارونو يامختلفو حرفومخصوصې كلمې، او اصطلاحګانې calão jargon жаргон žargón, odborný slang žargon žargon jargong ภาษาเฉพาะกลุ่ม özel dil, cargon 行話，術語 жаргон کسی خاص طبقے یا پیشے کی مخصوص اصطلاح biệt ngữ; tiếng lóng 行话，行业术语
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n. jerga, jerigonza; parafasia. V.: paraphasia
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