[ luh-dee-noh; Spanish lah-th ee-naw ]
/ ləˈdi noʊ; Spanish lɑˈði nɔ /

noun, plural La·di·nos [luh-dee-nohz; Spanish lah-th ee-naws] /ləˈdi noʊz; Spanish lɑˈði nɔs/ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ladino

  • Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, Ladino and French echoed in the alleyways.

    Jaffa: A Tale Of Two Lands|Lauren Gelfond Feldinger|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


/ (ləˈdiːnəʊ) /

noun plural -nos

an Italian variety of white clover grown as a forage crop in North America

Word Origin for ladino

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


/ (ləˈdiːnəʊ) /


a language of Sephardic Jews, based on Spanish with some Hebrew elements and usually written in Hebrew charactersAlso called: Judaeo-Spanish, Judezmo

Word Origin for Ladino

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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