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Pidgin Englishalso 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.]
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(Languages) a pidgin in which one of the languages involved is English
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(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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n → Pidgin-English nt
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pidgin English[ˈpɪdʒɪnˈɪŋglɪʃ] n → pidgin english m inv
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