Polari

Polari

[puh-lahr-ee, paw-]
noun
a distinctive English argot in use since at least the 18th century among groups of theatrical and circus performers and in certain homosexual communities, derived largely from Italian, directly or through Lingua Franca.


Origin:
ultimately < Italian parlare to speak, talk; see parle

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Polari or Parlyaree (pəˈlɑːrɪ, pɑːˈljɑːrɪ)
 
n
an English slang that is derived from the Lingua Franca of Mediterranean ports; brought to England by sailors from the 16th century onwards. A few words survive, esp in male homosexual slang
 
[C19: from Italian parlare to speak]
 
Parlyaree or Parlyaree
 
n
 
[C19: from Italian parlare to speak]

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