- a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people, especially that of an underworld group, devised for private communication and identification: a Restoration play rich in thieves' argot.
- the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group: sociologists' argot.
Origin of argot
Examples from the Web for argot
The inseparable Thingumy and Bob speak an argot of spoonerisms (“Nake no totice” and so on), and carry a secret ruby.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
For those unfamiliar with the argot, a “buffalo” is a “nickel” uh, five years?Prison’s Cheap Health-Care Secret
June 23, 2011
In the argot of the wonks and wizards of geopolitics, Latin America has rarely been a game changer.Why Obama's Trip Will Pay Off
March 21, 2011
Heymann had little trouble adapting to the argot of the show.Kennedy Fantasies
July 24, 2009
"That looks good to me," said Peter, delighted that the argot fell so aptly from his lips.The Vagrant Duke
"It is a kind of argot which belongs only to Americans," I answered in an undertone.Esmeralda
Frances Hodgson Burnett
It is only argot anyway, and it doesn't mean sotte, but nave.Love in a Cloud
This dialect is termed in English slang, in French argot, in Italian gergo.The Criminal
The which, in Parisian argot, at once means everything and nothing.Zut and Other Parisians
Guy Wetmore Carryl
- slang or jargon peculiar to a particular group, esp (formerly) a group of thieves
Word Origin and History for argot
1860, from French argot (17c.) "the jargon of Paris rogues and thieves," earlier "the company of beggars," from Middle French argot, "group of beggars," origin unknown. Gamillscheg suggests a connection to Old French argoter "to cut off the stubs left in pruning," with a connecting sense of "to get a grip on." The best English equivalent is perhaps cant. The German equivalent is Rotwelsch, literally "Red Welsh," but the first element may be connected with Middle High German rot "beggar." Earlier in English was pedlar's French (1520s) "language of thieves and vagabonds."