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EtymologyEdit

From pidgin English, from a Chinese Pidgin English pronunciation of English business during trade in the Far East. Other suggested derivations include:

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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.

Usage notesEdit

  • Some pidgins that have developed into creoles nevertheless 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

NounEdit

pidgin m (plural pidgins)

pidgin (amalgamation of two languages having no native speakers)