Meaning of lingua franca
Pronunciation: (frang'ku), [key]
— pl. lingua francas, lin•guae fran•cae
- any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.
- (cap.) the Italian-Provençal jargon (with elements of Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic, and Turkish) formerly widely used in eastern Mediterranean ports.
- lingua franca (Thesaurus)