- an artificial language invented in 1887 by L. L. Zamenhof (1859–1917), a Polish physician and philologist, and intended for international use. It is based on word roots common to the major European languages.
Origin of Esperanto
Examples from the Web for esperanto
Contemporary Examples of esperanto
And Mangum swears that his knowledge of Esperanto better prepared him to learn Spanish.
Esperanto fell well short of Zamenhof's goal of a universal second language, but it was not a complete failure.
Nowhere is this pipe dream more obvious than in the history of Esperanto, one of the world's most well-known invented languages.
To this day, many Esperanto enthusiasts, including Doug Mangum of Greensboro, N.C., share in this frustration.
Historical Examples of esperanto
The universal language of humanity is neither Volapuk, nor Esperanto, nor Ido.Second Sight
The only Esperanto was the old diplomatic language of suspicion and greed.Paris Vistas
Helen Davenport Gibbons
True, individuals have invented Esperanto and other artificial languages.Elements of Folk Psychology
Esperanto has no indefinite article for either singular or plural.A Complete Grammar of Esperanto
Ivy Kellerman Reed
He flung what few phrases of Latin and Esperanto he had at them.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
- an international artificial language based on words common to the chief European languages, invented in 1887
Word Origin for Esperanto
1892, from Doktoro Esperanto, whose name means in Esperanto, "one who hopes," pen name used on the title page of a book about the artificial would-be universal language published 1887 by its inventor, Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof (1859-1917). Cf. Spanish esperanza "hope," from esperar, from Latin sperare (see speed (n.)).