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Definition of Argot

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

Examples of Argot

Argot Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ar·got

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /AHRgOH/
  • British English – /AHgOH/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈɑrgət/
  • British English – /ˈɑːgəʊ/

Usage Notes

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

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Cite the Definition of Argot

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “argot.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 24, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/argot/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

argot. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/argot/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “argot.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 24, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/argot/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“argot.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Sep. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/argot/>.