noun[often as modifier]
- 1A grammatically simplified form of a language, used for communication between people not sharing a common language. Pidgins have a limited vocabulary, some elements of which are taken from local languages, and are not native languages, but arise out of language contact between speakers of other languages. Compare with Creole ( sense 2 of the noun).More example sentences
- Only at a later stage in its development does the pidgin develop productive internal resources for expanding its lexicon.
- There is, however, some disagreement among scholars over the number of languages in sufficient contact to produce a pidgin.
- Creolization can take place at any point during the pidgin's life cycle, ranging from a jargon to an expanded pidgin.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting a simplified form of a language, especially as used by a nonnative speaker: we exchanged greetings, communicating in pidgin SpanishMore example sentences
- The staff was very friendly - went to a great deal of effort to understand our pidgin Japanese!
- Monica Ali tells Hasina's part of the story through her letters to her sister in pidgin Bengali, rendered into pidgin English.
- The peddler approaches the narrator adopting a pidgin English.
late 19th century: Chinese alteration of English business.
More definitions of pidginDefinition of pidgin in:
- The British & World English dictionary