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EtymologyEdit

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:

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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.
  2. (archaic, idiomatic) A person's business, occupation, work, or trade.
    • 1950, Robert A. Heinlein, The Man Who Sold the Moon:
      Forget money. That's my pidgin.
    • 2015, Guy Cullingford, Post Mortem:
      It's up to the detective sergeant to ask his own questions, that's not my pidgin. But I did wonder if either of you gentlemen had an idea of the exact time of the shot.

Usage notesEdit

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

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ReferencesEdit

  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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PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

pidgin m (plural pidgins)

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

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpidxin/, [ˈpiðxĩn]

NounEdit

pidgin m (plural pidgins or pidgin)

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