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Meaning of patois

pat•ois

Pronunciation: (pat'wä, pä'twäFr.pa&sylptwa'), [key]
— pl. pat•ois
  1. a regional form of a language, esp. of French, differing from the standard, literary form of the language.
  2. a rural or provincial form of speech.
  3. jargon; cant; argot.
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