from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medium of communication between peoples of different languages.
  • n. A mixture of Italian with Provençal, French, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, and Turkish, formerly spoken on the eastern Mediterranean coast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a common language used by people of diverse backgrounds to communicate with one another, often a basic form of speech with simplified grammar

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The commercial language of the Levant, -- a mixture of the languages of the people of the region and of foreign traders.
  • n. Any hybrid or other language used over a wide area as a common or commercial tongue among peoples of different speech.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a common language used by speakers of different languages


Italian : lingua, language + franca, Frankish (that is, European).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian lingua franca ("Frankish language") (Wiktionary)


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