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trade language

a lingua franca, especially one used primarily for trade and conducting business.
Origin of trade language
First recorded in 1955-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Thus there is no possibility of the purchaser knowing what is meant unless he be acquainted with trade language.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • That made some sort of sense, but I was intrigued by the reference to Interlingua as a trade language.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • The tribe is practically extinct, but the name survives in the trade language known as “Chinook jargon.”

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