pidgin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From pidgin English, from a Chinese Pidgin English pronunciation of English business during trade in the Far East.

All attestations of pidgin from the first half of the nineteenth century given in the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary mean “business; an action, occupation, or affair” (the earliest being from 1807).

Other suggested derivations include:

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Noun[edit]

pidgin (countable and uncountable, 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.
    Synonym: baragouin

Usage notes[edit]

  • Some pidgins that have developed into creoles nevertheless (confusingly) retain the word "pidgin" in their names.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 John Holmes, An introduction to pidgins and creoles, Cambridge University Press (2000)

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

pidgin m (plural pidgins)

  1. (linguistics) pidgin (amalgamation of two languages having no native speakers)

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

pidgin m (plural pidgins or pidgin)

  1. (linguistics) pidgin (amalgamation of two languages having no native speakers)