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.
to speak in or write jargon; jargonize.
- jar·gon·y, jar·gon·is·tic, adjective
- jar·gon·ist, jar·gon·eer, noun
Other definitions for jargon (2 of 2)
a colorless to smoky gem variety of zircon.
- Also jar·goon [jahr-goon]. /dʒɑrˈgun/.
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How to use jargon in a sentence
I heard one of them say, “he understands the seven Gypsy jargons.”The Bible in Spain | George Borrow
Such conventional languages are usually called "jargons," and their existence is rather brief.On Limitations To The Use Of Some Anthropologic Data | J. W. Powell
Oh, leave these jargons, and go your way straight to God's work, in simplicity and singleness of heart.Notes on Nursing | Florence Nightingale
Prussian Trenck, the poor subterranean Baron, jargons and jangles in an unmelodious manner.The French Revolution | Thomas Carlyle
A little attention to the jargons invented by children might have been serviceable to certain philologists.Games and Songs of American Children | Various
British Dictionary definitions for jargon (1 of 2)
specialized language concerned with a particular subject, culture, or profession
language characterized by pretentious syntax, vocabulary, or meaning
another word for pidgin
(intr) to use or speak in jargon
British Dictionary definitions for jargon (2 of 2)
mineralogy rare a golden yellow, smoky, or colourless variety of zircon
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Cultural definitions for 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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