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lingua Franca


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A mixture of Italian with French, Greek, Arabic, and Spanish, formerly used in the Levant; lingua franca now denotes a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different.

Recorded from the late 17th century, the phrase comes from Italian, and means literally ‘Frankish tongue’.


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