lingua francalingua fran·ca
- a hybrid language based on Italian, with Spanish, French, Greek, and Arabic elements, spoken, esp. formerly, in certain Mediterranean ports
- a language used for communication between different peoples, as English in global commerce, or Swahili in C Africa
- a hybrid language used for this purpose, as pidgin English
- something that is like a common language
Origin of lingua francaIt, literally , Frankish language
nounpl. lingua fran·cas also linguae fran·cae
- A medium of communication between peoples of different languages.
- A mixture of Italian with Provençal, French, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, and Turkish, formerly spoken on the eastern Mediterranean coast.
Origin of lingua francaItalian : lingua, language + franca, Frankish (that is, European).
(plural lingua francas)
- a common language used by people of diverse backgrounds to communicate with one another, often a basic form of speech with simplified grammar
- The most common plural form in English is lingua francas; however, the plural forms lingue franche (following the Italian) and linguae francae (in the style of Latin) are both fairly common as well. Also attested, but quite rare, and probably nonstandard, is the form linguas franca (treating lingua alone as the noun and taking franca as an adjective; compare attorneys general, forests primeval).
- Mediterranean Lingua Franca
- global language
- international language
From Italian lingua franca (“Frankish language")
lingua franca - Computer Definition
It implies a common, or standard, language. The term is used in the information industry to refer to the most-widely used format, protocol or command language for a particular purpose. Its actual meaning is "Frankish language," which is spoken in various Mediterranean ports and is a combination of Italian, Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic and Turkish. Its original meaning also implies a hybrid or mixture of languages.