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[luh-dee-noh; Spanish lah-th ee-naw] /ləˈdi noʊ; Spanish lɑˈði nɔ/
noun, plural Ladinos
[luh-dee-nohz; Spanish lah-th ee-naws] /ləˈdi noʊz; Spanish lɑˈði nɔs/ (Show IPA),
for 2, 3.
Also called Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo. a Romance language of Sephardic Jews, based on Old Spanish and written in the Hebrew script.
(in Spanish America) a mestizo.
(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 Unabridged
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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.

    A Glimpse at Guatemala Anne Cary Maudslay
British Dictionary definitions for Ladino


noun (pl) -nos
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


a language of Sephardic Jews, based on Spanish with some Hebrew elements and usually written in Hebrew characters Also called Judaeo-Spanish, Judezmo
Word Origin
from Spanish: Latin
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Word Origin and History for Ladino

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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