or loan word
[ lohn-wurd ]
/ ˈloʊnˌwɜrd /
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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.
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Also called loan.
Origin of loanword
1870–75; translation of German Lehnwort
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How to use loanword in a sentence
Each was called by a local name and not by a loan word, a most demonstrable evidence of local origin.Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot
For example, ingel, meaning boy (it is a Slavic loan-word in Yiddish), has been obliterated by the English word.
Here, obviously, we have an example of a loan-word in decay.
Lallapalooza is also probably an Irish loan-word, though it is not Gaelic.
Line 18 of the passage shoves that aṣammu is a Sumerian loan word.
British Dictionary definitions for loanword
a word adopted, often with some modification of its form, from one language into another
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