Definition of Esperanto in English:

Esperanto

Syllabification: Es·pe·ran·to
Pronunciation: /ˌespəˈrän(t)ō
 
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noun

An artificial language devised in 1887 as an international medium of communication, based on roots from the chief European languages.
More example sentences
  • Topics have included the history of megaliths, the semi-defunct international language Esperanto, underground Japanese cinema and music broadcast to and from space.
  • He's better than you and me, and to top it all off he can speak the international language of Esperanto.
  • Artificial human languages like Esperanto are a more difficult case.

Origin

late 19th century: from the name Dr. Esperanto, used as a pen name by the inventor of the language, Ludwik L. Zamenhof (1858–1917), Polish physician; the literal sense is 'one who hopes' (based on Latin sperare 'to hope').

Derivatives

Esperantist

noun
More example sentences
  • There are, I understand, some native speakers of Esperanto; the children, I presume of dedicated Esperantists, who speak it at home.
  • He's one of Lancashire's leading Esperantists and met fellow language lovers on Saturday to converse at the North West Esperanto Federation meeting in Preston.
  • In the pursuit of understanding and dialogue, during the Israeli Congress a special seminar was organised in Jordan in which Israeli, Arab and Iranian Esperantists all participated.

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