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Definition of patois noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

patois

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈpætwɑ//
 
, NAmE//ˈpɑtwɑ//
 
(pl. patois
NAmE//ˈpætwɑz//
 
, NAmE//ˈpɑtwɑz//
 
)
 
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a form of a language, spoken by people in a particular area, that is different from the standard language of the country
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: patois