- the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
- unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
- any talk or writing that one does not understand.
- language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.
- to speak in or write jargon; jargonize.
Origin of jargon1
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- a colorless to smoky gem variety of zircon.
Origin of jargon2
Examples from the Web for jargon
Above all, she felt, there was a more pressing need for it than ever before, with jargon steadily taking over the world.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
This piece of jargon is pretty common on mainstream movie sets: “director of photography,” or head cinematographer.Six Words That Mean Something VERY Different to Porn Stars
March 29, 2013
Next up, in the Mother of All Disasters trifecta, another deadly piece of jargon: liquefaction.Hurricane Sandy Will Be Dwarfed by an Earthquake
November 5, 2012
Elections make sense; central-bank announcements replete with jargon, arcane policies, and acronyms do not stir souls.Mario Draghi May Become the Man Who Saved Europe—and the World
September 7, 2012
Koon: Buffed out is jargon that I have come to associate with very muscular.L.A. Riots Anniversary: Stacey Koon’s Disturbing Testimony
April 28, 2012
He knew the jargon of Liberty, the tune that set the patriots a-dancing.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
"Thieves' jargon--manufactured evidence," Lyttleton explained.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
His rambling, delirious utterances were a jargon of mixed tongues.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
The question which I cannot solve is, On which of the Celtic languages is this jargon based?The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
“Peut-être,” said she in her French jargon, vanishing into her chamber.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
- specialized language concerned with a particular subject, culture, or profession
- language characterized by pretentious syntax, vocabulary, or meaning
- another word for pidgin
- (intr) to use or speak in jargon
- mineralogy rare a golden yellow, smoky, or colourless variety of zircon
Word Origin and History for jargon
mid-14c., "unintelligible talk, gibberish; chattering, jabbering," from Old French jargon "a chattering" (of birds), also "language, speech," especially "idle talk; thieves' Latin." Ultimately of echoic origin (cf. Latin garrire "to chatter," English gargle). Often applied to something the speaker does not understand, hence meaning "mode of speech full of unfamiliar terms" (1650s). Middle English also had it as a verb, jargounen "to chatter" (late 14c.), from French.
A special language belonging exclusively to a group, often a profession. Engineers, lawyers, doctors, tax analysts, and the like all use jargon to exchange complex information efficiently. Jargon is often unintelligible to those outside the group that uses it. For example, here is a passage from a computer manual with the jargon italicized: “The RZ887-x current loop interface allows the computer to use a centronics blocked duplex protocol.” (See slang.)