[ pat-wah, pah-twah; French pa-twa ]
/ ˈpæt wɑ, ˈpɑ twɑ; French paˈtwa /
noun, plural pat·ois [pat-wahz, pah-twahz; French pa-twa] /ˈpæt wɑz, ˈpɑ twɑz; French paˈtwa/.
a regional form of a language, especially of French, differing from the standard, literary form of the language.
a rural or provincial form of speech.
jargon; cant; argot.
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Origin of patois
1635–45; < French: literally clumsy speech; akin to Old French patoier to handle clumsily, derivative of pate paw
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Example sentences from the Web for patois
A French patois is the language of the peasantry, but English is generally understood.
Of all patois they declared that mine was the most preposterous and the most jocose in sound.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition|Robert Louis Stevenson
In Eastern Canada, the land of patois French, a portage is a portage.
In the Oregon Country|George Palmer Putnam
This was conducted in French, but the people here usually speak a patois utterly impossible for one to comprehend.
They answer my queries in unconfused French, speaking both this and their patois, and even ask respectful questions in turn.
A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees|Edwin Asa Dix
British Dictionary definitions for patois
/ (ˈpætwɑː, French patwa) /
noun plural patois (ˈpætwɑːz, French patwa)
an unwritten regional dialect of a language, esp of French, usually considered substandard
the jargon of particular group
Word Origin for patois
C17: from Old French: rustic speech, perhaps from patoier to handle awkwardly, from patte paw
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