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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Provençal
Origin: lingo 'tongue' or Portuguese lingoa, both from Latin lingua

lingo

noun
     
lin‧go [countable usually singular] informal
1 a language, especially a foreign one:
I'd like to go to Greece, but I don't speak the lingo.
2 words or expressions used only by a particular group of people, or at a particular period of time:
academic lingo

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