cryptolect

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

crypto- (concealed”, “hidden”, “secret) +‎ -lect ([language] variety)

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Noun[edit]

cryptolect (plural cryptolects)

  1. (linguistics) A secretive language form used by a subculture; an arcane cant.
    Cockney rhyming slang developed originally from the cryptolects of London’s thieves and vagabonds.

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References[edit]

  • cryptolect, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary (draft entry, March 2006)