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Meaning of pidgin English

pidg'in Eng'lish

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a pidgin language based on English formerly used in commerce in Chinese ports.
  2. a similar language used in other areas, such as Papua New Guinea (where it has semiofficial status) and parts of West Africa.
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