The Alternative English Dictionary: argot

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Entry definition

argot etymology From French argot pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɑːɡəʊ/,
  • (US) /ˈɑːrɡoʊ/, /ˈɑːrɡət/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps and vagabonds.
  2. The specialized informal vocabulary and terminology used between people with special skill in a field, such as between doctors, mathematicians or hacker; a jargon. The conversation was in the argot of the trade, full of acronyms and abbreviations that made no sense to the uninitiate.
Synonyms: (secret language) cant, jargon, slang, (specialized vocabulary) jargon
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