noun, plural lingua francas, lin·guae fran·cae [ling-gwee fran-see] /ˈlɪŋ gwi ˈfræn si/.
Origin of lingua franca
Examples from the Web for lingua franca
Thus there is now, and perhaps always has been, what may be called a lingua-franca, in the sign vocabulary.
British Dictionary definitions for lingua franca (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for lingua franca (2 of 2)
noun plural lingua francas or linguae francae (ˈlɪŋɡwiː ˈfrænsiː)
Word Origin for lingua franca
Word Origin and History for lingua franca
1620s, from Italian, literally "Frankish tongue." Originally a form of communication used in the Levant, a stripped-down Italian peppered with Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic, and Turkish words. The name is probably from the Arabic custom, dating back to the Crusades, of calling all Europeans Franks (see Frank). Sometimes in 17c. English sources also known as Bastard Spanish.