Definition of argot in English:


Syllabification: ar·got
Pronunciation: /ˈärɡō, -ɡət


The jargon or slang of a particular group or class: teenage argot
More example sentences
  • Many words in English have obscure origins, particularly those which may be said to have risen in the world from lowly origins in argot, cant or slang.
  • This was not a constructed language, but a secret vocabulary, a cant or argot in the linguist's term, which uses the grammar and syntax of English as well as most of its core vocabulary.
  • The dialogue is peppered with the argot and dialect of the Kingston streets, and even with the English soundtrack you simply have to use the subtitles if you are to understand everything they are saying.


mid 19th century (originally denoting the jargon or slang of criminals): from French, of unknown origin.

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