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[ee-doh] /ˈi doʊ/
a revised and simplified form of Esperanto, introduced in 1907.
Origin of Ido
< Esperanto: literally, offspring, equivalent to id- (< Greek; see -ides) + -o noun ending
Related forms
Idoism, noun
Idoist, noun
Idoistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Ido
Historical Examples
  • The universal language of humanity is neither Volapuk, nor Esperanto, nor Ido.

    Second Sight

  • I do not discern that I am always mortified in this; sometimes, however, Ido.

  • Ido originally received this slave from Duon, a Bilan, as a wedding present when he married Duon's daughter about a year ago.

  • He was scheming always therefore for the perfection and propagation of Esperanto or Ido, or some such universal link.

  • The place at that time was mere moorland, and the well near by the hut had the name of the Nonaka no Ido—the well amid the moor.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • Ostwald devoted the $40,000 he got from the Nobel Fund to the attempt to introduce a new language, Ido.

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
  • "Perhaps there would have to be a war between Ido and Esperanto to settle it," said Teddy.

British Dictionary definitions for Ido


an artificial language; a modification of Esperanto
Word Origin
C20: offspring, from Greek -id daughter of
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Word Origin and History for Ido

1908, artificial language based on Esperanto, devised 1907; from Ido -ido "offspring," suffix representing Latin -ida, Greek -ides.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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