inkhorn term


noun

an obscure, affectedly or ostentatiously erudite borrowing from another language, especially Latin or Greek.

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Origin of inkhorn term

First recorded in 1535–45
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British Dictionary definitions for inkhorn term

inkhorn term

noun

an affectedly learned and obscure borrowing from another language, esp Greek or Latin
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