Wanderwort

noun

Wan·​der·​wort ˈwän-dər-ˌwȯrt How to pronounce Wanderwort (audio)
ˈvän-dər-ˌvȯrt
plural Wanderwörter ˈwän-dər-ˌwər-tər How to pronounce Wanderwort (audio)
ˈvän-dər-ˌvœr-tər
or Wanderworts
linguistics
: a word borrowed from one language to another across a broad geographical area often as a result of trade or adoption of newly introduced items or cultural practices

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German, from wander- (derivative of wandern "to wander, roam," going back to Middle High German) + Wort "word," going back to Old High German — more at wander, word entry 1

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wanderwort was in 1980

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Cite this Entry

“Wanderwort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wanderwort. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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