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.
International Sayings Lost In TranslationRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
What Is The Difference Between Loan, Lend, Loaned, And Lent?The words loan and loaned are the present and past tenses of to loan. Lend and lent are the present and past tenses of to lend. As verbs, loan and lend are often used interchangeably. For example, “A bank loans people money to buy a home. It also lends borrowers money to buy a car.” Loan and lend also have identical meanings when they’re used …
Origin of loan translation
First recorded in 1930–35
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for loan translation
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012