- The definition of argot is a special or secret language or jargon used by two or more people.
An example of argot is pig latin.
the specialized vocabulary and idioms of those in the same work, way of life, etc., as the language used by computer hackers
Origin of argotFrench origin, originally (in thieves' jargon), the company of beggars (argoter, to beg, probably ; from ergot, claw, spur, hence origin, originally , “get one's claws into”)
A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group: thieves' argot.
Origin of argotFrench, from earlier argot, underworld of beggars and thieves, of unknown origin. Usage Note: The pronunciation of argot as (&adie;r′g&schwa;t) was long considered acceptable and has historically been included in most dictionaries. However, it is falling out of favor; in our 2005 survey, 75 percent of the Usage Panel found that pronunciation unacceptable.
- A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps and vagabonds.
- The specialized informal vocabulary and terminology used between people with special skill in a field, such as between doctors, mathematicians or hackers; a jargon.
- The conversation was in the argot of the trade, full of acronyms and abbreviations that made no sense to the uninitiate.
From French argot