patois

[ pat-wah, pah-twah; French pa-twa ]
/ ˈpæt wɑ, ˈpɑ twɑ; French paˈtwa /

noun, plural pat·ois [pat-wahz, pah-twahz; French pa-twa]. /ˈpæt wɑz, ˈpɑ twɑz; French paˈtwa/.

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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Origin of patois

1635–45; <French: literally clumsy speech; akin to Old French patoier to handle clumsily, derivative of pate paw
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British Dictionary definitions for patois

patois
/ (ˈpætwɑː, French patwa) /

noun plural patois (ˈpætwɑːz, French patwa)

an unwritten regional dialect of a language, esp of French, usually considered substandard
the jargon of particular group

Word Origin for patois

C17: from Old French: rustic speech, perhaps from patoier to handle awkwardly, from patte paw
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