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Definition of pidgin
noun[often as modifier]
- a grammatically simplified form of a language, used for communication between people not sharing a common language. Pidgins have a limited vocabulary, some elements of which are taken from local languages, and are not native languages, but arise out of language contact between speakers of other languages. Compare with Creole (sense 2 of the noun).
- (Pidgin)another term for Tok Pisin.
late 19th century: Chinese alteration of English business