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Definitions of lingua franca

lingua franca (ˈlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə Pronunciation for lingua franca

Definitions

noun

Word forms:   plural lingua francas, linguae francae  (ˈlɪŋɡwiː ˈfrænsiː Pronunciation for
  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

Definitions

noun

  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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