noun, plural pat·ois [pat-wahz, pah-twahz; French pa-twa] /ˈpæt wɑz, ˈpɑ twɑz; French paˈtwa/.
Origin of patois
Examples from the Web for patois
Historical Examples of patois
Never a moment did that sublime spirit speak in their patois.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walter Scott,” said he, “has run to death the method of patois dialogue.Lavengro
He only spoke in the patois, which Frank understood very well.The Silver Lining
There is no mistaking it; it is peculiar to Pont du Sable, and note, too, her patois!A Village of Vagabonds
F. Berkeley Smith
Among Anglo-American hunters, it is called the panther—in their patois, “painter.”The Hunters' Feast
noun plural patois (ˈpætwɑːz, French patwa)
Word Origin for patois
"a provincial dialect," 1640s, from French patois "native or local speech" (13c.), of uncertain origin, probably from Old French patoier "handle clumsily, to paw," from pate "a paw," from Vulgar Latin *patta (see patten), from notion of clumsy manner of speaking. Cf. French pataud "properly, a young dog with big paws, then an awkwardly built fellow" [Brachet]. Especially in reference to Jamaican English from 1934.