pidgin

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From pidgin English, from a Chinese Pidgin English pronunciation of English business during trades in the Far East. Other suggested derivations include:

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pidgin (plural pidgins)

  1. (linguistics) an amalgamation of two disparate languages, used by two populations having no common language as a lingua franca to communicate with each other, lacking formalized grammar and having a small, utilitarian vocabulary and no native speakers.

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  1. ^ John Holmes, An introduction to pidgins and creoles, Cambridge University Press (2000)
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