Definition of lingua franca noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


lingua franca

BrE BrE//ˌlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə//
[usually singular] (linguistics)
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a shared language of communication used between people whose main languages are different English has become a lingua franca in many parts of the world. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Italian, literally ‘Frankish tongue’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lingua franca

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