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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun patois:

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Patois (jargon; a regional dialect) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun patois

What does patois mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: patois

  1. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
  2. a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard

Alternative definition of the noun patois

noun

  1. A regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard.
  2. Any of various French or Occitan dialects spoken in France.
  3. Creole French in the Caribbean (especially in Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago& Haiti).
  4. A Jamaican Creole language primarily based on English and African languages but also has influences from Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi.
  5. Jargon or cant.

Writings

"Patois" is a book by Doreen King.

  • subject: Great Britain

Miscellanea

  1. Patois a.k.a. Krio Language: Sierra Leone Krio is the lingua franca and the de facto national language spoken throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Krio is spoken by 97% of Sierra Leone's population and unites the different ethnic groups in the country, especially in their trade and social interaction with each other. Krio is the primary language of communication among Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad. The language is native to the Sierra Leone Creole people or Krios, and is spoken as a second language by millions of other Sierra Leoneans belonging to the country's indigenous tribes. English is Sierra Leone's official language, while Krio, despite its common use throughout the country, has no official status.
  2. Patois a.k.a. Jamaican Creole English Language: Jamaican Patois, known locally as Patois or Jamaican, and called Jamaican Creole by linguists, is an English-based creole language with West African influences spoken primarily in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora. The language developed in the 17th century, when slaves from West and Central Africa were exposed to, learned and nativized the vernacular and dialectal forms of English spoken by their masters: British English, Scots and Hiberno-English. Jamaican Patois features a creole continuum —meaning that the variety of the language closest to the lexifier language cannot be distinguished systematically from intermediate varieties nor even from the most divergent rural varieties. Jamaicans themselves usually refer to their language as patois, a French term without a precise linguistic definition.
  3. Patois a.k.a. Tayo Language: Tayo, also known as "patois de Saint-Louis", is a French-based Creole spoken in New Caledonia. It is the community language of one village, Saint-Louis, which is situated approximately 17 kilometres from the capital Noumea.
  4. Patois a.k.a. Franco-Provençal Language: Franco-Provençal, Arpitan, or Romand is a Gallo-Romance language spoken in east-central France, western Switzerland, and northwestern Italy. Franco-Provençal has several distinct dialects and is separate from but closely related to neighboring Romance languages: Oïl languages, Occitan, Gallo-Italian, and Romansh. The name Franco-Provençal was given to the language by G.I. Ascoli in the 19th century because it shared features with French and Provençal without belonging to either. Arpitan, a neologism, is becoming a popular name for the language and the people who speak it.
  5. Patois a.k.a. Guianese Creole French Language: French Guianese Creole is a French-lexified creole language spoken in French Guiana, and to a lesser degree, in Suriname and Guyana. It resembles Antillean Creole, but there are some lexical and grammatical differences between them. Antilleans can generally understand French Guiana Creole, though the notable differences between the créole of French Guiana and the créoles of the Caribbean may cause some instances of confusion. The diffences consist of more French and Brazilian Portuguese influences There are also words of Amerindian and African origin. There are Guianese communities in Suriname and Guyana who continue to speak French Guiana Creole.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Patois

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Google previewThe Jamaica Insider Guide

by Wellesley Gayle

The official language is English, but patois is the common dialect spoken amongst the people. Patois is the combination of French, English, Spanish and African Languages. d. Culture We boast a rich blend of African, European, Chinese, ...

Google previewCaribbean Discourse (1989)

Selected Essays by Edouard Glissant, J. Michael Dash

Husson's black patois is the next step. Not in the way M. Husson used it, but now "integrated," normal, unnoticed. All that the Creole language has achieved: the transcendence of linguistic compromise, the sublimation of the activities of ...

Google previewThe George Beckford Papers (2000)

by George L. Beckford, Kari Levitt

But since much of the Jamaican's patois is a combination of English and our original African languages it seems plausible.

Google previewHuman Geography (2016)

Earth sciences, Physical geography by CTI Reviews

Patois is any language that is considered nonstandard, although the term is not formally defined in linguistics. It can refer to pidgins, creoles, dialects, and other forms of native or local speech, but not commonly to jargon or slang, which are ...

Google previewPsychology for Social Workers (2012)

Black Perspectives on Human Development and Behaviour by Lena Robinson

For many African Caribbean adolescents, 'Patois is a powerful social and political mantle which...

Google previewAll the Year Round (1884)

patois is a mixture — one-third French, and two-thirds Cree. Round the little wooden church are clustered the log-huts of half- bred Indian hunters and fishermen. They are being slowly tamed and civilised by the patient labour and sacrifice of ...

Google previewThe Living Age ... (1884)

The local patois is a mixture – one-third French, and two-thirds Cree. Round the little wooden church are clustered the log-huts of half-bred Indian hunters and fishermen. They are being slowly tamed and civilized by the patient labor and ...

Google previewLittell's Living Age (1884)

by Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell

The local patois is a mixture — one-third French, and two-thirds Cree. Round the little wooden church are clustered the log-huts of half-bred Indian hunters and fishermen. They are being slowly tamed and civilized by the patient labor and ...

Google previewBryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors (2011)

by Bill Bryson

dialect, patois. Both describe the form of language prevailing in a region and can be used interchangeably, though patois is normally better reserved for contexts ...

Google previewBryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words (2002)

by Bill Bryson

dialect, patois. Both describe the form of language prevailing in a region and can be used interchangeably, though patois is normally better reserved for contexts ...

Google previewAfrican American Folklore: An Encyclopedia for Students (2016)

An Encyclopedia for Students by Anand Prahlad

“Gumbo” is also a term for a French patois spoken by Creoles. A patois is the spoken dialect of a region, which often differs fundamentally from the official, written, or literary language. Patois results from the mixing of two or more cultures and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Varieties of English (2013)

by Raymond Hickey

Patois can also refer to basilectal varieties ...

Google previewThe treasury of languages, a rudimentary dictionary of universal philology [signed J.B.]. (1873)

A patois of French. " Essai " par de Bran et Petit- Benoist, Besancon, 1755. FRANCONIAN. ' Teutonic : a sub-dialect of Old High- German.

Google previewDictionary of Caribbean English Usage (2003)

by Richard Allsopp, Jeannette Allsopp

patois [patwa •*• palwo] n 1. (CarA) ||PATWA' (Dmca, etc) [Fr patois, ' provincial ...

Google previewChambers Universal Learners' Dictionary

patois ['patwa: J - pi 'patois | -/ j - ncu (often derog) the ...

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Scrabble value of P3A1T1O1I1S1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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