jerga

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Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Provençal 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.

The other sense of jerga (straw pallet, or a thick, coarse fabric), is of unknown but probably different etymology.

Noun[edit]

jerga f (plural jergas)

  1. jargon; slang
    palabra de jerga
    jargon word
  2. straw pallet, coarse cotton fringe, (in New Mexican Spanish) any floor covering or mat