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[jahr-guh n, -gon]
  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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to speak in or write jargon; jargonize.
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Origin of jargon1

1300–50; Middle English jargoun < Middle French; Old French jargon, gargun, derivative of an expressive base *garg-; see gargle, gargoyle
Related formsjar·gon·y, jar·gon·is·tic, adjectivejar·gon·ist, jar·gon·eer, noun


1. See language. 2. babble, gabble, twaddle.


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

Origin of jargon2

1760–70; < French < Italian giargonePersian zargūn gold-colored
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Examples from the Web for jargons

Historical Examples

  • French, English, Spanish—all were jargons to these people of the southern desert.

    A Soldier of the Legion

    C. N. Williamson

  • The language of Worship was but one; though the jargons of Opinion were many.

  • The jargons of the East, Far and Near, he spoke as his mother tongue.

  • With jargons as with coins the poorer (simpler) drives out the better (subtler and more complex).

  • Such conventional languages are usually called "jargons," and their existence is rather brief.

British Dictionary definitions for jargons


  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
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  1. (intr) to use or speak in jargon
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Word Origin

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


jargoon (dʒɑːˈɡuːn)

  1. mineralogy rare a golden yellow, smoky, or colourless variety of zircon
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Word Origin

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 jargons



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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jargons 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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