- a loan translation, especially one resulting from bilingual interference in which the internal structure of a borrowed word or phrase is maintained but its morphemes are replaced by those of the native language, as German halbinsel for peninsula.
- to form (a word or phrase) through the process of loan translation.
Origin of calque
- another word for loan translation
- (tr) another word for calk 3
Word Origin for calque
Word Origin and History for calque
"loan translation of a foreign word or phrase," from French calque, literally "a copy," from calquer "to trace by rubbing" (itself borrowed in English 1660s as calk), introduced 16c. from Italian calcare, from Latin calcare "to tread, to press down."