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[ pat-wah, pah-twah; French pa-twa ]

/ ˈpæt wɑ, ˈpɑ twɑ; French paˈtwa /

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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

Words nearby patois

patmore, patmos, patna, patna rice, pato, patois, paton, patos, patr-, patras, patres conscripti

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Words related to patois

dialect, argot, idiom, vernacular, lingo, slang, cant

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British Dictionary definitions for patois

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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