from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.
- n. A creole.
- n. Nonstandard speech.
- n. The special jargon of a group; cant. See Synonyms at dialect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard.
- n. Any of various French or Occitan dialects spoken in France.
- n. Creole French in the Caribbean (especially in Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago& Haiti).
- n. A Jamaican Creole language primarily based on English and African languages but also has influences from Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi.
- n. Jargon or cant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial form of speech.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dialect peculiar to a district or locality, in use especially among the peasantry or uneducated classes; hence, a rustic, provincial, or barbarous form of speech.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard
- n. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
French, from Old French, possibly from pate, paw, from Vulgar Latin *patta, perhaps of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1635, from French patois ("regional dialect or language"). See patois. (Wiktionary)