loanword

or loan word

[ lohn-wurd ]
/ ˈloʊnˌwɜrd /

noun

a word in one language that has been borrowed from another language and usually naturalized, as wine, taken into Old English from Latin vinum, or macho, taken into Modern English from Spanish.

Nearby words

  1. loanee ,
  2. loaner,
  3. loaning,
  4. loansharking,
  5. loanshift,
  6. loath,
  7. loathe,
  8. loathful,
  9. loathing,
  10. loathingly

Origin of loanword

1870–75; translation of German Lehnwort

Also called loan.

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British Dictionary definitions for loan word

loan word

noun

a word adopted, often with some modification of its form, from one language into another
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