a regional form of a language, especially of French, differing from the standard, literary form of the language.
a rural or provincial form of speech.
jargon; cant; argot.
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How to use patois in a sentence
We also listen to the mixing of languages in the sailors’ patois and to the commonality of multilingualism across Europe, Asia, and North Africa.Why It’s Time to Shed Some Light on History’s ‘Dark Ages’ | David Perry | December 22, 2021 | Time
Populating the novel is the usual cast of characters, foremost among them the cop shop’s inimitable secretary, Agatino Catarella, who blends obsequiousness, prudery and verbal ineptitude into a patois all his own.Montalbano says farewell in the lovably quirky novel ‘Riccardino’ | Dennis Drabelle | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Performers like Renato soon found that if they spoke to the predominantly Spanish-speaking audience in their language as opposed to English or patois, the crowd would go crazy.Reggaeton Is So Much More Than Party Music. This Podcast Breaks Down Its Political Roots | Andrew R. Chow | October 6, 2021 | Time
Rapping in his hometown patois, Roiall brings that authenticity to his videos “Nobody” and “Soda,” which was shot at Half Way Tree in Jamaica.
She talks like her daughter now; everyone does, in that speedy, all-knowing, wisecrack-spattered sitcom patois of Modern Family.In Defense of American Apparel: Why a Hitched-Up Skirt Barely Conceals a Profound Social Confusion | Tim Teeman | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Biderman, who has an amazing ear for dialogue and verbal cues, has the Hollywood patois down pat.‘Ray Donovan’: Is the Liev Schreiber–Led Showtime Drama The Next ‘Sopranos’? | Jace Lacob | June 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The patois of Saint-Rémy has been developed and expanded into a beautiful literary language.
Jasmin had already shown the Parisians that real poetry of a high order could be written in a patois.
He sympathizes with every attempt, wherever made, the world over, to raise up a patois into a language.
So that the Provençal language, in spite of everything, keeps a certain patois vulgarity.
Some of the hay-makers called to me, but in such barbarous patois, that I could make nothing of them.
British Dictionary definitions for patois
an unwritten regional dialect of a language, esp of French, usually considered substandard
the jargon of particular group
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