- Lingo is defined as the special vocabulary of a specific field.
An example of lingo is the set of terms that scientists use when speaking to one another.
Science has it's own lingo.
Informal language; esp., a dialect, jargon, or special vocabulary that one is not familiar with: a humorous or disparaging term: the lingo of the doctors
Origin of lingoProvenÃ§al lingo, lengo ; from Classical Latin lingua, tongue: see language
The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or social group, especially when viewed as unfamiliar: computer lingo; the lingo of the local residents of the island; “the lingo that rough union guys used among themselves” (Philip Roth).
Origin of lingoPerhaps from Portuguese lingoa, tongue, language, or from Lingua Franca lingua, language; akin to Catalan llengua, Italian lingua, and Spanish lengua, tongue, language, all ultimately from Latin lingua; see d&nlowring;ghū- in Indo-European roots.
(plural lingos or lingoes)