Lingo meaning

lĭnggō
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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.

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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;

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(informal) Language; esp., a dialect, jargon, or special vocabulary that one is not familiar with.
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Language, especially language peculiar to a particular group or region; jargon or a dialect.
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Origin of lingo

  • Perhaps from Portuguese lingoa tongue, language or from Lingua Franca lingua language Catalan llengua Italian lingua and Spanish lengua tongue, language all ultimately from Latin lingua dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition