Es·​pe·​ran·​to ˌe-spə-ˈrän-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce Esperanto (audio) -ˈran-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce Esperanto (audio)
: an artificial international language based as far as possible on words common to the chief European languages
Esperantist noun or adjective

Examples of Esperanto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 100 years ago, the blind Ukrainian writer Vasily Eroshenko was introduced to the language Esperanto. Sindya Bhanoo, Washington Post, 28 July 2023 At the studios, Esperanto intersects with a young Roman woman named Mimosa, who is auditioning as an extra and takes a shine to her innocence. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 30 Aug. 2023 Lila Rawlings of Esperanto Filmoj will executive produce. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 Her father was a psychiatrist, a former dean at Stanford, and a professor of human biology; her mother, a literary translator, writer, and an expert in Esperanto. Vulture, 26 May 2023 Today, Esperanto may seem like little more than a colorful historical oddity. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Dr. Esperanto, pseudonym of L. L. Zamenhof †1917 Polish oculist, its inventor

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Esperanto was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Esperanto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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