lingua franca



(noun) a language used by people who do not speak a common tongue; usually combines aspects of different languages.

Synonyms and Antonyms

  • interchange, common language, universal language
  • standard language, silence.


The word lingua franca comes from the language used in the Levant that combined French, Italian, English, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, and Hebrew words during the Crusades.

English is used as a lingua franca among many airline pilots.
English is the universal language and the lingua franca spoken by 1.5 billion people!

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