[pat-wah, pah-twah; French pa-twa]
noun, plural patois [pat-wahz, pah-twahz; French pa-twa] .
a regional form of a language, especially of French, differing from the standard, literary form of the language.
a rural or provincial form of speech.
jargon; cant; argot.

1635–45; < French: literally clumsy speech; akin to Old French patoier to handle clumsily, derivative of pate paw Unabridged
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patois (ˈpætwɑː, French patwa)
n , pl patois
1.  an unwritten regional dialect of a language, esp of French, usually considered substandard
2.  the jargon of particular group
[C17: from Old French: rustic speech, perhaps from patoier to handle awkwardly, from patte paw]

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Word Origin & History

"a provincial dialect," 1643, from Fr. patois "native or local speech," from O.Fr. patoier "handle clumsily, to paw," from pate "a paw," from V.L. *patta, perhaps imitative of the sound made by a paw. The language sense is probably from notion of clumsy manner of speaking. Especially in ref. to Jamaican
English from 1934.
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Example sentences
Such patois often develops among students, soldiers and other groups to foster a sense of belonging.
The patois is so thick that it is easy to miss some of the dialogue.
As for the rest, it's mainly life-style patois from interchangeable characters.
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