noun, plural pat·ois [pat-wahz, pah-twahz; French pa-twa] /ˈpæt wɑz, ˈpɑ twɑz; French paˈtwa/.
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Origin of patois
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A French patois is the language of the peasantry, but English is generally understood.
Of all patois they declared that mine was the most preposterous and the most jocose in sound.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition|Robert Louis Stevenson
In Eastern Canada, the land of patois French, a portage is a portage.In the Oregon Country|George Palmer Putnam
This was conducted in French, but the people here usually speak a patois utterly impossible for one to comprehend.
They answer my queries in unconfused French, speaking both this and their patois, and even ask respectful questions in turn.A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees|Edwin Asa Dix