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in-jokenoun [C]

uk   /ˈɪn.dʒəʊk/  us   /ˈɪn.dʒoʊk/
a ​privatejoke that can only be ​understood by a ​limitedgroup of ​people who have a ​specialknowledge of something that is referred to in the ​joke
(Definition of in-joke from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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in-jokenoun [C]

 /ˈɪnˌdʒoʊk/
a ​joke that is ​understood only by a ​smallgroup of ​people
(Definition of in-joke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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