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Polari

Line breaks: Po¦lari
Pronunciation: /pəˈlɑːri/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also Palari or Palare)

Definition of Polari in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A form of theatrical slang incorporating Italianate words, rhyming slang, and Romany, used especially by homosexuals.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Italian parlare 'to speak'.

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