[ ahr-goh, -guh t ]
/ ˈɑr goʊ, -gət /


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

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

Related forms

ar·got·ic [ahr-got-ik] /ɑrˈgɒt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for argotic


/ (ˈɑːɡəʊ) /


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

Derived Forms

argotic (ɑːˈɡɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for argot

C19: from French, of unknown origin
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