noun, plural lin·goes.

the language and speech, especially the jargon, slang, or argot, of a particular field, group, or individual: gamblers' lingo.
language or speech, especially if strange or foreign.

Origin of lingo

1650–60; apparently alteration of lingua (franca); compare Polari lingo “language”



noun, plural lin·goes.


or lin·go



a metal weight attached to the cords of a Jacquard harness, for lowering the warp threads after they have been raised and for keeping the harness cords taut.
the same object attached to a drawloom.

Origin of lingoe

probably < French lingot ingot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -goes

informal any foreign or unfamiliar language, jargon, etc

Word Origin for lingo

C17: perhaps from lingua franca; compare Portuguese lingoa tongue
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Word Origin and History for lingo

"foreign speech," 1650s, possibly a corrupt form of lingua franca (q.v.), or from Provençal lingo "language, tongue," from Old Provençal lenga, from Latin lingua "tongue" (see lingual).

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