- The definition of jargon is the language of a particular trade or group that would be meaningless to others.
An example of jargon is "RBI" to baseball.
jargon definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Middle French a chattering (of birds): ultimately of echoic origin, originally
- jargonistic adjective
Origin: French ; from Italian giargone ; from Arabic zarqūn: see zircon
jargon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
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.)