loanshift

[lohn-shift]

noun Linguistics.

change or extension of the meaning of a word through the influence of a foreign word, as in the application in English of the meaning “profession” to the word calling through the influence of Latin vocātio.
a word created by loanshift.

Nearby words

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

Origin of loanshift

First recorded in 1945–50; loan1 + shift

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