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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pa·tois /ˈpæˌtwɑ, ˈpɑ-/
 方言,行話

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pa·tois n.  A dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial form of speech.
    The jargon and patois of several provinces.   --Sir T. Browne.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 patois
      n 1: a characteristic language of a particular group (as among
           thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" [syn: cant, jargon,
            slang, lingo, argot, vernacular]
      2: a regional dialect of a language (especially French);
         usually considered substandard