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argot

[ ahr-goh, -guht ]
/ ˈɑr goʊ, -gət /
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noun

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.

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Origin of argot

1855–60; <French, noun derivative of argoter to quarrel, derivative Latin ergōergo with v. suffix -oter

OTHER WORDS FROM argot

ar·got·ic [ahr-got-ik], /ɑrˈgɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for argot

argot
/ (ˈɑːɡəʊ) /

noun

slang or jargon peculiar to a particular group, esp (formerly) a group of thieves

Derived forms of argot

argotic (ɑːˈɡɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for argot

C19: from French, of unknown origin
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