patois

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n patois a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard
    • n patois a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves) "they don't speak our lingo"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Patois pȧ`twä" A dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial form of speech. "The jargon and patois of several provinces."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n patois A dialect peculiar to a district or locality, in use especially among the peasantry or uneducated classes; hence, a rustic, provincial, or barbarous form of speech.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Patois pat′waw a vulgar or provincial dialect.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., orig. patrois—L. patriensis, indigenous—patria, one's native country.

Usage

In literature:

Jasmin had already shown the Parisians that real poetry of a high order could be written in a patois.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
Unhappily, there is a patois in use among the creoles and other natives which is very confusing.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
He had an intimate acquaintance with all the different branches of warfare, as well as a keen memory for slang and patois.
"With Those Who Wait" by Frances Wilson Huard
Cousin Chilian talked to them, but their language was a sort of patois difficult to understand.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The peasants call the place by some name sounding in their patois like Chavousse; it cannot, however, be mistaken.
"Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone" by John Hughes
They both spoke in the soft, sibilant patois of Shantung.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
In a liquid Spanish-English patois they bade the whites welcome.
"Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope" by Victor Appleton
The girl turned to look round at Pen, and uttered a few words hurriedly in her Spanish patois.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
So we passed through beautiful Lombardy and came to Domo d'Ossola, where a strange German-Italian patois was spoken.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Their language was a Spanish patois; their voices were sharp and disagreeable.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
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In news:

INTERVIEWS The Roots Adopt Fake Patois for 'Yo Gabba Gabba'.
Patois , Smith Street pioneer, goes to Gaphattan.
Tart is balanced by the subtlest hint of savory in the Eau d'melon, a cocktail of vodka, watermelon juice, lemon, muddled basil and soda that is original to Patois .
The Uptown address of the restaurant Patois had a long history as Norby's, a neighborhood bar with a regular clientele of local college sports fanatics.
Costantini, who used to work in the kitchen at Patois, started working with the Dymonds late last year, when he oversaw the formerly daytime-only café's expansion to dinner service.
Jamaica to get first patois Bible .
When English teacher Faith Linton first proposed translating the Bible into Jamaica's patois tongue in the late 1950s, most people who heard the idea shook their heads.
After long disdain, Jamaica gets 1st patois Bible .
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When English teacher Faith Linton first proposed translating the Bible into Jamaica's patois tongue in the late 1950s, most people who heard the idea shook their heads.
Bible being translated into Jamaica's patois.
Jamaica gets 1st patois Bible.
After long disdain, Jamaica gets 1st patois Bible.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — When English teacher Faith Linton first proposed translating the Bible into Jamaica 's patois tongue in the late 1950s, most people who heard the idea shook their heads.
When English teacher Faith Linton first proposed translating the Bible into Jamaica 's patois tongue in the late 1950s, most people who heard the idea shook their heads.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When English teacher Faith Linton first proposed translating the Bible into Jamaica 's patois tongue in the late 1950s, most people who heard the idea shook their heads.
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In science:

Guerreau, O., Mérolla, J-M., Soujaeff, A., Patois, F., Goedgebuer, J.P., and Malassenet, F.J. Long distance QKD transmission using single-sideband detection detection scheme with WDM synchronization.
Microwave Photonics Parallel Quantum Key Distribution
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