- a mixed language, or jargon, incorporating the vocabulary of one or more languages with a very simplified form of the grammatical system of one of these and not used as the main language of any of its speakers
- any of various such languages, as pidgin English or bêche-de-mer
Origin of pidginsupposed Chinese pronunciation of business
A simplified form of speech that is usually a mixture of two or more languages, has a rudimentary grammar and vocabulary, is used for communication between groups speaking different languages, and is not spoken as a first or native language. Also called contact language.
Origin of pidginFrom Pidgin English.
- (linguistics) an amalgamation of two disparate languages, used by two populations having no common language as a lingua franca to communicate with each other, lacking formalized grammar and having a small, utilitarian vocabulary and no native speakers.
From Pidgin English, from a Chinese attempt to pronounce the English word business during trades in the Far East.