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lingua franca

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Linguistics
lingua francalin‧gua fran‧ca /ˌlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə/ noun [countable usually singular] 🔊 🔊 SLa language used between people whose main languages are different 🔊 English is the lingua franca in many countries.
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lingua francaPhotographic reportage, the cinema and television have produced a lingua franca of universally comprehensible pictures.And in a country whose language has become the world's lingua franca its literary culture is its culture.Swahili is the lingua franca of East Africa.
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