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joual

[ zhoo-al, -ahl ]
/ ʒuˈæl, -ˈɑl /
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noun

any of the nonstandard dialects of Canadian French, characterized by deviations from the standard phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary, and often containing many borrowings from English.

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Origin of joual

1960–65; representing a non-standard pronunciation of French cheval horse
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British Dictionary definitions for joual

joual
/ (ʒwɑːl) /

noun

nonstandard Canadian French dialect, esp as associated with ill-educated speakers

Word Origin for joual

from the pronunciation in this dialect of French cheval horse
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