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[mass noun] A pidgin in which the chief language is English, used originally between Chinese people and Europeans.
- ‘But, with the slow spread of education, the old inter-tribal language of pidgin English is being replaced by widely spoken and understood standard English.’
- ‘And in formal places, such as in church services and in schools, English is spoken although it is usually interspersed with pidgin English and the native languages.’
- ‘The different groups speak their own languages, but the language spoken across ethnic lines is a form of pidgin English called Creole.’
- ‘When you read the e-mail it is clearly written in pidgin English and is not the style a bank manager would use.’
- ‘I am worried that I will end up speaking a variant of pidgin English, because so few people at work understand proper English.’
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