noun (plural same )
- 1The dialect of the common people of a region, differing in various respects from the standard language of the rest of the country: the nurse talked to me in a patois that even Italians would have had difficulty in understandingMore example sentences
- Thus, a Frenchman who spoke Breton and French would not be considered bilingual because Breton is of low status and considered a patois rather than a language.
- Today I wanted to talk about Bajan as a dialect or language or patois or whatever you wish to call it.
- Corsican was designated as a patois, a provincial dialect.
- 1.1The jargon or informal speech used by a particular social group: the raunchy patois of inner-city kidsMore example sentences
- We have 1984 today; even if not in the form described by Orwell; since newspeak is replaced by the patois of the gang leaders and international body smugglers.
- How do you develop a realistic-sounding slang patois?
- At the other extreme, it is favoured by inner-city teens who appear to communicate entirely in an impenetrable mix of street slang and patois.
mid 17th century: French, literally 'rough speech', perhaps from Old French patoier 'treat roughly', from patte 'paw'.