Ladino

[ 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
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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 (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for ladino (2 of 2)

Ladino

/ (ləˈdiːnəʊ) /

noun

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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