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lingua franca (ˈlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə Pronunciation for lingua franca



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



  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
And they had a lingua franca , in the form of bastardised Greek, which even the later Roman sphere had to adopt.
The Australian (2004)
In the "common Greek" surely, which was the lingua franca of the Mediterranean in those days.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Knots of people from each side debated the issues and renewed acquaintances, sometimes using English as lingua franca.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
One of Indonesia's most important symbol of national unity - the lingua franca Bahasa Indonesia - is often looked down upon by the Javanese.
Spiked (2003)
The lingua franca is English, signalling America's dominant role in the new capitalism, and most people here speak English extremely well.
Independent (1998)
This she would not have been permitted to do; Latin was essential, a written and spoken lingua franca used everywhere in Christendom.
Veronica Buckley CHRISTINA QUEEN OF SWEDEN: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric (2004)


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