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noun [countable]     lingua franca pronunciation in British 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.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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