lingua franca

ˈliŋ-gwə-ˈfraŋ-kə\

Definition:

(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.

Sentences:

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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