There are 2 definitions of Ladino in English:


Syllabification: La·di·no
Pronunciation: /ləˈdēnō

noun (plural Ladinos)

  • 1The language of some Sephardic Jews, especially formerly in Mediterranean countries. It is based on medieval Spanish, with an admixture of Hebrew, Greek, and Turkish words, and is written in modified Hebrew characters. Also called Judezmo.
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    • There is a Spanish language paper published every day in Ladino, the medieval Spanish spoken by Sephardic Jews kicked out of Andalucia by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492.
    • Even the shoeshine boys spoke half a dozen languages, from Greek and Turkish to Ladino (Judeo-Spanish).
    • Having been expelled from Spain in 1492, the Sephardim, speaking Ladino, a Spanish dialect, found refuge in north Africa, the Levant, the Ottoman Empire, the Netherlands, and Italy.
  • 2A mestizo or Spanish-speaking white person in Central America.
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    • The rest are Mestizos or Ladinos (supposedly of mixed racial descent).
    • These Amerindian-Spanish people are known locally as Ladinos.
    • In turn, they were treated by Ladinos as children or as persons of little worth.


Spanish, from Latin Latinus (see Latin).

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There are 2 definitions of Ladino in English:


Syllabification: la·di·no
Pronunciation: /ləˈdīnō, -ˈdēnō

noun (plural ladinos)

  • A white clover of a large variety native to Italy and cultivated for fodder in North America.
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    • Legume coverage was very sparse in the post-seeding years for all treatments except for the ladino clover treatment in year 1, which averaged >9%.
    • A native prairie of black-eyed Susans, Indian grass, big and little bluestem, ladino clover, and other native grasses quilts the 32 acres of bottomground near the river.
    • To boost the protein content of the pastures and to get the nitrogen-fixing benefit of legumes, Greg has frost-seeded quite a bit of red and ladino clover, and there is a scattering of alfalfa from very old hay stands.


1920s: from Italian.

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