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noun
the process whereby a compound word or expression is created by literal translation of each of the elements of a compound word or expression in another language, as marriage of convenience from French mariage de convenance.
a word or expression so created.
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Compare calque.

Origin of loan translation

First recorded in 1930–35

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loan translation

noun
the adoption by one language of a phrase or compound word whose components are literal translations of the components of a corresponding phrase or compound in a foreign languageEnglish "superman" is a loan translation from German "Übermensch." Also called: calque
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