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jargon (n.)

mid-14c., "unintelligible talk, gibberish; chattering, jabbering," from Old French jargon "a chattering" (of birds), also "language, speech," especially "idle talk; thieves' Latin" (12c.). Ultimately of echoic origin (compare Latin garrire "to chatter").

From 1640s as "mixed speech, pigin;" 1650s as "phraseology peculiar to a sect or profession," hence "mode of speech full of unfamiliar terms." Middle English also had it as a verb, jargounen "to chatter" (late 14c.), from French.

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Definitions of jargon

jargon (n.)
a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves);
Synonyms: slang / cant / lingo / argot / patois / vernacular
jargon (n.)
a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon;
Synonyms: jargoon
jargon (n.)
specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject;
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