Definition of Melanesian Pidgin in English:

Melanesian Pidgin


  • A language spoken in Melanesia, derived from pidgin English but now effectively a creole, comprising three main varieties or dialects (Tok Pisin in Papua New Guinea, Bislama in Vanuatu, and Pijin in the Solomon Islands), and serving as the lingua franca both within and among these communities.


1940s; earliest use found in Newsweek.