Definition of Bislama in English:

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Bislama

Pronunciation: /bisˈlämə/

noun

An English-based pidgin language used as a lingua franca in Fiji and the Solomon Islands and as an official language in Vanuatu. Also called Beach-la-mar.
Example sentences
  • Even in cases where a Creole has status as a national or official language, as Bislama, for instance, does in Vanuatu, or Haitian Creole French does in Haiti, this does not guarantee the use of Creoles in wider society.
  • Alongside Bislama, English and French are recognized as ‘official languages.’
  • With hundreds of traditional languages, literacy levels are low, including in the third official language, Bislama, a form of pidgin English.

Origin

Alteration of Portuguese bicho do mar 'sea cucumber'(traded as a commodity, the word later being applied to the language of trade). Compare with bêche-de-mer.

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Syllabification: Bis·la·ma

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