What does jargon mean?

Definitions for jargonˈdʒɑr gən, -gɒn

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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

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

  4. Origin: [F. jargon, OF. also gargon, perh. akin to E. garrulous, or gargle.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jargon

    jär′gon, n. confused talk: slang.—n. Jar′gonist, one who uses jargon. [Fr. jargon, prob. conn. with L. garrīre, to prattle.]

  2. Jargon

    jär′gon, n. a variety of zircon found in Ceylon, transparent, colourless.—Also Jar′goon.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jargon in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jargon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Pratt:

    Jargon allows us to camouflage intellectual poverty with verbal extravagance.

  2. James Wilson:

    Sounds like they're using technical jargon to say they're slowing production, without saying they're slowing production.

  3. Eric Bentley:

    Ours is the age of substitutes instead of language, we have jargon instead of principles, slogans and instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.

  4. Josh Billings:

    Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.

  5. Dominique Villa:

    Very often the problem of the UN is that the speeches long, full of acronyms, and the jargon is difficult to understand, making the jargon of the U.N. understandable is quite important.

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