(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.

Audio Pronunciation: (ar·got)

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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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Works Consulted

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (

Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (

Schaefer, Richard. 2013. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (


How to Cite the Definition of Argot

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “argot.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 16, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

argot. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “argot.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 16, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“argot.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Jun. 2019. <>.