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loanword Line breaks: loan|word
Pronunciation: /ˈləʊnwəːd/

Definition of loanword in English:


A word adopted from a foreign language with little or no modification.
Example sentences
  • Katakana are used for foreign loanwords from languages other than Chinese; most of these come from English.
  • So it's a surprise to find that some languages have few loanwords.
  • Similarly, Eskimo Jargon has kaukau ‘food’, itself a loanword in Hawaiian, introduced from Chinese Pidgin English chowchow.
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