jargon

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[ jahr-guhn, -gon ]
/ ˈdʒɑr gən, -gɒn /

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noun

the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
any talk or writing that one does not understand.
language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.

verb (used without object)

to speak in or write jargon; jargonize.

Origin of jargon

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English jargoun, from Middle French; Old French jargon, gargun, derivative of an unattested expressive base *garg-; see gargle, gargoyle

Related forms

jar·gon·y, jar·gon·is·tic, adjectivejar·gon·ist, jar·gon·eer, noun

Synonym study

1. See language.

Definition for jargon (2 of 2)

jargon

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[ jahr-gon ]
/ ˈdʒɑr gɒn /

noun

a colorless to smoky gem variety of zircon.

Also jar·goon [jahr-goon] /dʒɑrˈgun/.

Origin of jargon

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1760–70; < French < Italian giargonePersian zargūn gold-colored
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British Dictionary definitions for jargon (1 of 2)

jargon

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/ (ˈdʒɑːɡən) /

noun

specialized language concerned with a particular subject, culture, or profession
language characterized by pretentious syntax, vocabulary, or meaning
gibberish
another word for pidgin

verb

(intr) to use or speak in jargon

Word Origin for jargon

C14: from Old French, perhaps of imitative origin; see gargle

British Dictionary definitions for jargon (2 of 2)

jargon

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jargoon (dʒɑːˈɡuːn)

/ (ˈdʒɑːɡɒn) /

noun

mineralogy rare a golden yellow, smoky, or colourless variety of zircon

Word Origin for jargon

C18: from French, from Italian giargone, ultimately from Persian zargūn of the golden colour; see zircon
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Culture definitions for jargon

jargon

A special language belonging exclusively to a group, often a profession. Engineers, lawyers, doctors, tax analysts, and the like all use jargon to exchange complex information efficiently. Jargon is often unintelligible to those outside the group that uses it. For example, here is a passage from a computer manual with the jargon italicized: “The RZ887-x current loop interface allows the computer to use a centronics blocked duplex protocol.” (See slang.)


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