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
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
British Dictionary definitions for patois
noun plural patois (ˈpætwɑːz, French patwa)
Word Origin for patois
Word Origin and History 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.