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:
- Hebrew פִּדְיוֹן (pidyón, “exchange; trade; redemption”)
- Chinese pronunciation of Portuguese ocupação (“occupation; business”)
- South Seas pronunciation of beach
- Portuguese baixo (“low”)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɪdʒɪn/
- (US) enPR: pĭjʹən, IPA(key): /ˈpɪdʒən/
- Rhymes: -ɪdʒən, -ɪdʒɪn
- Homophone: pigeon
- (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
- Some pidgins that have developed into creoles nevertheless (confusingly) retain the word "pidgin" in their names.
- John Holmes, An introduction to pidgins and creoles, Cambridge University Press (2000)
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