Definition of Melanesian Pidgin in US English:

Melanesian Pidgin

noun

  • A language spoken in Melanesia, derived from pidgin English but now effectively a creole, comprising three main varieties or dialects (Tok Pisin in Papua New Guinea, Bislama in Vanuatu, and Pijin in the Solomon Islands), and serving as the lingua franca both within and among these communities.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Newsweek.