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Definition of "jargon" []

  • Nonsensical, incoherent, or meaningless talk. (noun)
  • A hybrid language or dialect; a pidgin. (noun)
  • The specialized or technical language of a trade, profession, or similar group. See Synonyms at dialect. (noun)
  • Speech or writing having unusual or pretentious vocabulary, convoluted phrasing, and vague meaning. (noun)
  • To speak in or use jargon. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jargon" in a sentence
  • "While the jargon is all retro health and safety-education material, the culty fetishism is more J.G. Ballard than CPR."
  • "Science journalist Dallas Murphy's book explains the intricate link between the global ocean and the atmosphere in jargon-free prose that is easy for readers to understand."
  • "The deficits, the multipliers, all of the jargon is cover for their fear of being proven irrevocably wrong."