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n. Chiefly Canadian
A dialect of Canadian French characterized by nonstandard pronunciations and grammar, and the presence of English loanwords and syntactic patterns.
[Canadian French dialectal, variant of French cheval; see chevalet.]
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(Languages) nonstandard Canadian French dialect, esp as associated with ill-educated speakers
[from the pronunciation in this dialect of French cheval horse]
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any of various regional or popular forms of Canadian French, taken to be substandard or to reflect lack of education.
[1960–65; representing a nonstandard pronoun of French cheval horse]
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