[jahr-guhn, -gon]
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  1. the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
  2. unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
  3. any talk or writing that one does not understand.
  4. pidgin.
  5. language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.
verb (used without object)
  1. to speak in or write jargon; jargonize.

Origin of jargon

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

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  1. a colorless to smoky gem variety of zircon.
Also jar·goon [jahr-goon] /dʒɑrˈgun/.

Origin of jargon

1760–70; < French < Italian giargonePersian zargūn gold-colored
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Contemporary Examples of jargon

Historical Examples of jargon

  • He knew the jargon of Liberty, the tune that set the patriots a-dancing.

  • "Thieves' jargon--manufactured evidence," Lyttleton explained.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • His rambling, delirious utterances were a jargon of mixed tongues.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • The question which I cannot solve is, On which of the Celtic languages is this jargon based?

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • “Peut-être,” said she in her French jargon, vanishing into her chamber.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for jargon


  1. specialized language concerned with a particular subject, culture, or profession
  2. language characterized by pretentious syntax, vocabulary, or meaning
  3. gibberish
  4. another word for pidgin
  1. (intr) to use or speak in jargon

Word Origin for jargon

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



jargoon (dʒɑːˈɡuːn)

  1. 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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Word Origin and History for jargon

mid-14c., "unintelligible talk, gibberish; chattering, jabbering," from Old French jargon "a chattering" (of birds), also "language, speech," especially "idle talk; thieves' Latin." Ultimately of echoic origin (cf. Latin garrire "to chatter," English gargle). Often applied to something the speaker does not understand, hence meaning "mode of speech full of unfamiliar terms" (1650s). Middle English also had it as a verb, jargounen "to chatter" (late 14c.), from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jargon in Culture


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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