argot

(noun) A characteristic and specialized language used by a group, particularly a subculture such as criminals.

Example: The argot of the legal profession, often called legalese or street names for drugs.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: argots
  • The vocabulary of an argot is called a cant and is often composed of idioms.
  • The terms in this dictionary are an argot of sociology.
  • Also called:
    • slang
    • jargon
    • lingo
    • patois
    • vernacular
  • Argot used in a sentence: Sociolinguistics study argots, the specialized language of group.
  • Words in an argot are (adjective) argotic.

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