lin'gua fran'ca

Pronunciation: (frang'ku), [key]
pl. lingua francas, lin•guae fran•caePronunciation: (ling'gwē fran'sē). [key]

1. any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.
2. (cap.) the Italian-Provençal jargon (with elements of Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic, and Turkish) formerly widely used in eastern Mediterranean ports.

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