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Definitions of lingua franca

lingua franca (ˈlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə



Word forms:   plural lingua francas or linguae francae  (ˈlɪŋɡwiː ˈfrænsiː
  1. a language used for communication among people of different mother tongues
  2. a hybrid language containing elements from several different languages used in this way
  3. any system of communication providing mutual understanding

Word Origin

C17: Italian, literally: Frankish tongue

Lingua Franca



  1. a particular lingua franca spoken from the time of the Crusades to the 18th century in the ports of the Mediterranean, based on Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Greek, and Turkish

Example Sentences Including 'lingua franca'

After all, the Afghan lingua franca , Dari, was almost exactly the same language as they spoke on the other side of the Oxus River.
Shah, Idries Kara Kush


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