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acrolect

[ak-ruh-lekt]
noun Linguistics.
  1. the variety of language in a creole continuum that approximates most closely the standard variety of a major international language, as the English spoken in Guyana or Jamaica.
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Compare basilect, mesolect.

Origin of acrolect

First recorded in 1960–65; acro- + (dia)lect
Related formsac·ro·lec·tal, adjective
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