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or loan word

  1. 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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Origin of loanword

1870–75; translation of German Lehnwort
Also called loan.
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Historical Examples

  • It has, consequently, in not a few cases, been difficult to decide whether a word is a loanword or not.

    Scandinavian influence on Southern Lowland Scotch

    George Tobias Flom