lingua franca Definition in British English Dictionary
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lingua francanoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˌlɪŋ.ɡwəˈfræŋ.kə/
a language used for communication between groups of people who speak different languages : The international business community sees English as a lingua franca.
Translations of “lingua franca”
in Chinese (Traditional) (母語不同的人交流用的)通用語,混合語…
in Chinese (Simplified) (母语不同的人交流用的)通用语,混合语…
(Definition of lingua franca from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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