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noun [countable] lingua franca pronunciation in American English /ˌlɪŋɡwə ˈfræŋkə/
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singularlingua franca
plurallingua francas or linguae francae
  1. a language that people use to communicate when they have different first languages
    German is a useful lingua franca for tourists in the Czech Republic.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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