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  • IPA(key): /ˈxeɾɡa/, [ˈxeɾ.ɣ̞a]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Borrowed from Old Occitan gergon, from Old French jargon (the chattering of birds). Ultimately of echoic origin. Compare Latin garriō (to chatter); English gargle, garrulous; Spanish garganta, gárgara, gargajo, jerigonza.


jerga f (plural jergas)

  1. jargon; slang
    palabra de jerga
    jargon word

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from Latin sērica. Compare Portuguese xerga, French serge, Romanian sarică. Possibly a doublet of sarga.


jerga f (plural jergas)

  1. straw pallet, coarse cotton fringe, (in New Mexican Spanish) any floor covering or mat

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