lingua franca

[ frang-kuh ]
/ ˈfræŋ kə /

noun, plural lingua francas, lin·guae fran·cae [ling-gwee -fran-see]. /ˈlɪŋ gwi ˈfræn si/.

any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.
(initial capital letter) the Italian-Provençal jargon (with elements of Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic, and Turkish) formerly widely used in eastern Mediterranean ports.

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Origin of lingua franca

1670–80; <Italian: literally, Frankish tongue
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British Dictionary definitions for lingua franca (1 of 2)

lingua franca
/ (ˈlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə) /

noun plural lingua francas or linguae francae (ˈlɪŋɡwiː ˈfrænsiː)

a language used for communication among people of different mother tongues
a hybrid language containing elements from several different languages used in this way
any system of communication providing mutual understanding

Word Origin for lingua franca

C17: Italian, literally: Frankish tongue

British Dictionary definitions for lingua franca (2 of 2)

Lingua Franca

noun

a particular lingua franca spoken from the time of the Crusades to the 18th century in the ports of the Mediterranean, based on Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Greek, and Turkish
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