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Ladino

[luh-dee-noh; Spanish lah-th ee-naw]
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noun, plural La·di·nos [luh-dee-nohz; Spanish lah-th ee-naws] /ləˈdi noʊz; Spanish lɑˈði nɔs/ for 2, 3.
  1. Also called Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo. a Romance language of Sephardic Jews, based on Old Spanish and written in the Hebrew script.
  2. (in Spanish America) a mestizo.
  3. (lowercase) Southwestern U.S. a wild, unmanageable, or vicious horse or other ranch animal.

Origin of Ladino

1885–90; < Spanish < Latin Latīnus Latin. Cf. Ladin
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  • One of the cells was used as a school for girls who were taught by a Ladino woman.

    A Glimpse at Guatemala

    Anne Cary Maudslay

  • On another day, accompanied by Gorgonio and a Ladino guide, we went to look at some other ruins to the north-east of the village.

    A Glimpse at Guatemala

    Anne Cary Maudslay

  • This was almost the only ladino church-function which we saw during our stay in the country.

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    Anne Cary Maudslay


British Dictionary definitions for ladino

ladino

noun plural -nos
  1. an Italian variety of white clover grown as a forage crop in North America

Word Origin

C20: perhaps from Italian ladino (see Ladin), referring to a person or thing from the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland, where the clover is grown

Ladino

noun
  1. a language of Sephardic Jews, based on Spanish with some Hebrew elements and usually written in Hebrew charactersAlso called: Judaeo-Spanish, Judezmo

Word Origin

from Spanish: Latin
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Word Origin and History for ladino

Ladino

n.

1889, Spanish mixed with Hebrew, Arabic, and other elements, written in Hebrew characters, spoken by Sephardim in Turkey, Greece, etc. From Spanish Ladino "sagacious, cunning crafty," originally "knowing Latin, Latin," from Latin Latinus. The Spanish word also has appeared in 19c. American English in its senses "vicious horse" and, in Central America, "mestizo, white person."

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