Meaning of “lingua franca” in the English Dictionary

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"lingua franca" in British English

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lingua francanoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌlɪŋ.ɡwə ˈfræŋ.kə/ us /ˌlɪŋ.ɡwə ˈfræŋ.kə/

a language used for communication between groups of people who speak different languages :

The international business community sees English as a lingua franca.

(Definition of “lingua franca” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)