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[ahr-goh, -guh t] /ˈɑr goʊ, -gət/
a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people, especially that of an underworld group, devised for private communication and identification:
a Restoration play rich in thieves' argot.
the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group:
sociologists' argot.
Origin of argot
1855-60; < French, noun derivative of argoter to quarrel, derivative Latin ergō ergo with v. suffix -oter
Related forms
[ahr-got-ik] /ɑrˈgɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for argot
  • Some novices feel compelled to create lexicons of their new argot.
  • In the argot of civil rights, high lending lending standards will result in what is called disparate impact.
  • Or, to put it in the argot familiar to every first-year law student, money is fungible.
  • Two, however, transcend sportswriters' argot and are held sacred.
  • But as a party trick, reproducing kitchen argot outside the kitchen does not enchant all audiences equally.
  • Blameworthiness should be removed from the legal argot.
  • Which is to say, in the argot of new media: old, slow and expensive to produce.
  • The dialogue abounds with the picturesque argot of the underworld.
  • High praise, in this film's argot, has a way of sounding watered down if it's even printable.
  • The obsolete argot of the underworld was deleted as suggested by.
British Dictionary definitions for argot


slang or jargon peculiar to a particular group, esp (formerly) a group of thieves
Derived Forms
argotic (ɑːˈɡɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for argot

1860, from French argot (17c.) "the jargon of Paris rogues and thieves," earlier "the company of beggars," from Middle French argot, "group of beggars," origin unknown. Gamillscheg suggests a connection to Old French argoter "to cut off the stubs left in pruning," with a connecting sense of "to get a grip on." The best English equivalent is perhaps cant. The German equivalent is Rotwelsch, literally "Red Welsh," but the first element may be connected with Middle High German rot "beggar." Earlier in English was pedlar's French (1520s) "language of thieves and vagabonds."

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