Definition of Pentagonese in English:


Syllabification: Pen·ta·gon·ese
Pronunciation: /ˌpentəɡänˈēz


US informal
The euphemistic or cryptic language supposedly used among high-ranking US military personnel.
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  • ‘Synergism’ is Pentagonese for ‘choreographing a military ballet.’
  • Or, to borrow a phrase currently hip in Pentagonese, new ways of ‘degrading’ the language.
  • After ‘embedded’ was accredited in Pentagonese, TV news channels grabbed and ran with it, and it was free for all.


1950s: from pentagon (sense 2) + -ese.

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