Definitions for jargonˈdʒɑr gən, -gɒn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jar•gon*ˈdʒɑr gən, -gɒn(n.)

  1. the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group:

    medical jargon.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. unintelligible talk or writing; gibberish; babble.

  3. Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: pidgin

  4. language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  5. (v.i.)to jargonize.

* Syn: See language.

Origin of jargon:

1300–50; ME jargoun < MF; OF jargon, gargun, der. of an expressive base *garg-; see gargle , gargoyle



Princeton's WordNet

  1. slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular(noun)

    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

    "they don't speak our lingo"

  2. jargoon, jargon(noun)

    a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon

  3. jargon(noun)

    specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jargon(noun)ʤˈɑɑrgən

    language used by people involved in a particular activity, area of knowledge, etc.

    scientific/technical jargon

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jargon(noun)

    confused, unintelligible language; gibberish; hence, an artificial idiom or dialect; cant language; slang

  2. Jargon(verb)

    to utter jargon; to emit confused or unintelligible sounds; to talk unintelligibly, or in a harsh and noisy manner

  3. Jargon(noun)

    a variety of zircon. See Zircon


  1. Jargon

    Jargon is "the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group." The philosopher Condillac observed in 1782 that "every science requires a special language because every science has its own ideas." As a rationalist member of the Enlightenment he continued, "It seems that one ought to begin by composing this language, but people begin by speaking and writing, and the language remains to be composed." In earlier times, the term jargon would refer to trade languages used by people who spoke different native tongues to communicate, such as the Chinook Jargon. In other words, the term covers the language used by people who work in a particular area or who have a common interest. Much like slang, it can develop as a kind of shorthand, to express ideas that are frequently discussed between members of a group, though it can also be developed deliberately using chosen terms. A standard term may be given a more precise or unique usage among practitioners of a field. In many cases this causes a barrier to communication with those not familiar with the language of the field. For example, bit, byte, and hexadecimal are jargon terms related to computing.

Translations for jargon

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


special words or phrases used within a group, trade or profession etc

legal jargon; medical jargon; Thieves use a special jargon in order to confuse passing hearers.

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