Definition of pidgin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪn//
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  1. 1a simple form of a language, especially English, Portuguese or Dutch, with a limited number of words, that are used together with words from a local language. It is used when people who do not speak the same language need to talk to each other.
  2. 2Pidgin = Tok Pisin
  3. 3pidgin English, French, Japanese, etc. a way of speaking a language that uses simple words and forms, used when a person does not speak the language well, or when he or she is talking to somebody who does not speak the language well I tried to get my message across in my pidgin Italian.
  4. Word Originlate 19th cent.: Chinese alteration of English business.
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