- The jargon or slang of a particular group or class.
“The British middle class has a different argot than the aristocracy.”
“The detective didn’t understand the teenagers’ argot.”
“TikTok has created a new argot that seems to be understood only by those who use the app.”
French, mid-19th century
Why this word?
This word comes from the French “argot,” meaning roughly “the jargon of Paris rogues and thieves” (for purposes of disguise and concealment). Now the noun can mean any dialect of slang used by a particular group.