The definition of jargon is the language of a particular trade or group that would be meaningless to others.noun
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- incoherent speech; gibberish
- a language or dialect unknown to one so that it seems incomprehensible or outlandish
- a mixed or hybrid language or dialect; esp., pidgin
- the specialized vocabulary and idioms of those in the same work, profession, etc., as of sportswriters or social workers: a somewhat derogatory term, often implying unintelligibility
- speech or writing full of long, unfamiliar, or roundabout words or phrases
Origin: ME < MFr, a chattering (of birds): ult. of echoic orig.
- jargonistic adjective
Origin: Fr < It giargone < Ar zarqūn: see zircon
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- Nonsensical, incoherent, or meaningless talk.
- A hybrid language or dialect; a pidgin.
- The specialized or technical language of a trade, profession, or similar group. See Synonyms at dialect.
- Speech or writing having unusual or pretentious vocabulary, convoluted phrasing, and vague meaning.
Origin: Middle English jargoun, from Old French jargon, probably of imitative origin.
- jarˈgon·ist, jarˌgon·eerˈ noun
- jarˌgon·isˈtic adjective
jargon - Computer Definition
The specialized spoken language of an industry or profession. The high-tech world is naturally loaded with jargon. Contrast with "slang," which refers to words used as alternates to other words or that are used in certain venues only. See syntax.
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jargon - Cultural Definition
A special language belonging exclusively to a group, often a profession. Engineers, lawyers, doctors, tax analysts, and the like all use jargon to exchange complex information efficiently. Jargon is often unintelligible to those outside the group that uses it. For example, here is a passage from a computer manual with the jargon italicized: “The RZ887-x current loop interface allows the computer to use a centronics blocked duplex protocol.” (See slang.)