loanshift

[ lohn-shift ]

nounLinguistics.
  1. 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.

  2. a word created by loanshift.

Origin of loanshift

1
First recorded in 1945–50; loan1 + shift

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