or loan word
[ lohn-wurd ]
/ ˈloʊnˌwɜrd /
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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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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Also called loan.
Origin of loanword
1870–75; translation of German Lehnwort
Words nearby loanword
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Example sentences from the Web for loanword
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
British Dictionary definitions for loanword
a word adopted, often with some modification of its form, from one language into another
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