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  1. a revised and simplified form of Esperanto, introduced in 1907.
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Origin of Ido

< Esperanto: literally, offspring, equivalent to id- (< Greek; see -ides) + -o noun ending
Related formsI·do·ism, nounI·do·ist, nounI·do·is·tic, adjective
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for ido


  1. an artificial language; a modification of Esperanto
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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.

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