noun, plural lin·guae [ling-gwee] /ˈlɪŋ gwi/.
Origin of lingua
Examples from the Web for lingua
There the lingua franca is Cajun French, and folks love to fiddle, dance and most of all, eat.
Long gone seamen and traders made Italian its lingua franca.
A good deal of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is written in lingua pedantesca.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
As a rule, it dragged, and Kit imagined the interpreter was sometimes puzzled and used the lingua franca of the Moorish ports.Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
What they have done, I gather, is to invent a nightmare of a lingua franca in which they appear to hold amicable converse.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne|William J. Locke
He wished that Lingua Four would settle down and be content as a housewife, but he doubted that she would.
Lingua Four was determined to be the first lady of Arbor, the capital city of Mercury.