What does patois mean?

Definitions for patois
ˈpæt wɑ, ˈpɑ twɑ, pæˈtwɑ; ˈpæt wɑz, ˈpɑ twɑz, pæˈtwɑzpa·tois

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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. patois(noun)

    a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard


  1. patois(Noun)

    A regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard.

  2. patois(Noun)

    Any of various French or Occitan dialects spoken in France.

  3. patois(Noun)

    Creole French in the Caribbean (especially in Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago& Haiti).

  4. patois(Noun)

    A Jamaican Creole language primarily based on English and African languages but also has influences from Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi.

  5. patois(Noun)

    Jargon or cant.

  6. Origin: 1635, from patois. See patois.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patois(noun)

    a dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial form of speech

  2. Origin: [F.]


  1. Patois

    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 vocabulary-based forms of cant. Class distinctions are embedded in the term, drawn between those who speak patois and those who speak the standard or dominant language used in literature and public speaking, i.e., the "acrolect".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Patois

    pat′waw, n. a vulgar or provincial dialect. [Fr., orig. patrois—L. patriensis, indigenous—patria, one's native country.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Patois

    a name the French give to a corrupt dialect of a language spoken in a remote province of a country.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patois in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patois in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of patois in a Sentence

  1. Michael Wood:

    This book is startling in its range of voices and registers, running from the patois of the street posse to The Book of Revelation, it is a representation of political times and places, from the CIA intervention in Jamaica to the early years of crack gangs in New York and Miami.

  2. Raymond Chandler:

    Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.

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