The commercial language of the Levant, -- a mixture of the languages of the people of the region and of foreign traders.
Any hybrid or other language used over a wide area as a common or commercial tongue among peoples of different speech.
any language used as a common tongue by people who do not speak one another's native language.
A language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different.
A language used as a means of communication by speakers who do not have a native language in common (see Auxiliary Language).
a common language used by speakers of different languages; "Koine is a dialect of ancient Greek that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean area in Roman times"
a common language used by groups whose mother tongues are different
a common second language, such as English for countries in the industrialized world whose first language is not English
a language chosen for international purposes
a language that is being used as a means of communication between people who have no first language in common
a language used by people who need to communicate but do not have a common language
a language which is used as a means of communication among people who have no native language in common
a major language used in an area where speakers of more than one language live that permits communication and commerce among them
a means of communication which develops when people who speak different languages are forced to communicate with each other
a natural language that is used everywhere by specialists of a particular kind
An already existing language chosen as a medium of communication by people who would otherwise not share a common language; for example, French in several countries in Africa.
any of various languages used as common or commercial tongues among people of diverse speech.
language used for convenience: a language or mixture of languages used for communication by people who speak different first languages
A language that is used as the common language between parties with different native languages. See also TM (Translation Memory).
A lingua franca is any language widely used beyond the population of its native speakers. The de facto status of lingua franca is usually "awarded" by the masses to the language of the most influential nation(s) of the time. Any given language normally becomes a lingua franca primarily by being used for international commerce, but can be accepted in other cultural exchanges, especially diplomacy.
Lingua Franca was a magazine about intellectual and literary life in academia. It was where the Sokal Affair was first revealed and its editors later published a book (The Sokal Hoax) of selected papers on the subject.