Definition of Chinook Jargon in English:

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Chinook Jargon

noun

[mass noun]
An extinct pidgin composed of elements from Chinook, Nootka, English, French, and other languages, formerly used in the Pacific North-West of North America.
Example sentences
  • Jargons are used for communicating in limited situations: trade jargons generally, and Chinook Jargon, a trade language spoken along the north-west Pacific coast of North America from the 18c.
  • They used this writing system not only for Chinook Jargon but for English, French, Latin, Lillooet, Secwepmectsín, and Nlaka'pamux (Thompson).
  • To get you started, here are a few of the more familiar Chinook Jargon words with brief comments.

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