What does lingua franca mean?

Definitions for lingua franca
ˈfræŋ kə; ˈlɪŋ gwi ˈfræn si, ˈfræŋ kilin·gua fran·ca

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lingua franca, interlanguage, koine(noun)

    a common language used by speakers of different languages

    "Koine is a dialect of ancient Greek that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean area in Roman times"


  1. lingua franca(Noun)

    a common language used by people of diverse backgrounds to communicate with one another, often a basic form of speech with simplified grammar

  2. Origin: From lingua franca

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lingua Franca

    the commercial language of the Levant, -- a mixture of the languages of the people of the region and of foreign traders

  2. Origin: [It., prop., language of the Franks.]


  1. Lingua franca

    A lingua franca is a language systematically used to make communication possible between people not sharing a mother tongue, in particular when it is a third language, distinct from both mother tongues. Lingua francas have arisen around the globe throughout human history, sometimes for commercial reasons but also for diplomatic and administrative convenience, and as a means of exchanging information between scientists and other scholars of different nationalities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lingua franca

    ling′gwa frank′a, n. a mixed jargon used by Frenchmen and other Western people in intercourse with Arabs, Moors, and other Eastern peoples: an international dialect.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Lingua Franca

    a jargon composed of a mixture of languages used in trade intercourse. Linlithgow

Etymology and Origins

  1. Lingua Franca

    A common language along the Mediterranean shores, being a mixture of French and Italian. See “Lingo.”

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How to say lingua franca in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lingua franca in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lingua franca in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Images & Illustrations of lingua franca

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Translations for lingua franca

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  • لغة تواصل مشتركArabic
  • Verkehrssprache, Lingua FrancaGerman
  • κοινή γλώσσα, κοινή διάλεκτοςGreek
  • lengua vehicular, lingua franca, lengua francaSpanish
  • زبان میانجیPersian
  • lingua francaFinnish
  • lingua franca, langue véhiculaireFrench
  • francbhéarlaIrish
  • közvetítőnyelvHungarian
  • lingua francaItalian
  • 共通語, リンガフランカ, リングワ・フランカJapanese
  • 링구아 프랑카, 공통어Korean
  • lingua francaLatin
  • lingua francaDutch
  • língua francaPortuguese
  • язык общения, общий язык, лингва-франкаRussian
  • ภาษากลางThai
  • 通用语Chinese

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