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3 definitions found
 for patois
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patois \Pa`tois"\ (p[.a]`tw[aum]"), n. [F.]
     A dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial
     form of speech.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The jargon and patois of several provinces. --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  patois
      n 1: a characteristic language of a particular group (as among
           thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" [syn: slang,
           cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular]
      2: a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually
         considered substandard

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "patois":
     Acadian, Anglo-Indian, Brooklynese, Cajun, Canadian French,
     Cockney, French Canadian, Gullah, Midland, Midland dialect,
     New England dialect, Pennsylvania Dutch, Yankee, Yorkshire, argot,
     bundle of isoglosses, cant, class dialect, colloquial, dialect,
     dialect atlas, dialect dictionary, gibberish, gobbledygook, idiom,
     isogloss, jargon, lingo, linguistic atlas, linguistic community,
     linguistic island, local dialect, localism, mumbo jumbo, patter,
     phraseology, provincialism, regional accent, regionalism,
     scatology, slang, speech community, subdialect, taboo language,
     vernacular, vocabulary, vulgar language, vulgate
  
  

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