loanword

noun
loan·​word | \ ˈlōn-ˌwərd How to pronounce loanword (audio) \

Definition of loanword

: a word taken from another language and at least partly naturalized

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And so the language planners, led by linguist Ari Páll Kristinsson, are working furiously to match every English word or concept with an Icelandic one—giving young Icelanders no excuse for depending on loanwords learned online. Caitlin Hu, Quartz, "Iceland is inventing a new vocabulary for a high-tech future," 2 June 2019 Each provided loanwords, words adopted from a donor language without translation. Courtney Linder, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voice assistants can't understand Pittsburghese," 19 Apr. 2018 Local journalists describe the scenes here as the local telenovela, a Spanish loanword meaning soap opera. Joseph Hincks / Manila, Time, "The Mutineer: How Antonio Trillanes Came to Lead the Fight Against Rodrigo Duterte," 27 Oct. 2017 Sadly, these words failed to stick, and nowadays one is forced to answer wrong numbers on a loanword: tilifun. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Learning Arabic from Egypt’s Revolution," 7 Apr. 2017 It’s time for chimaek, a tradition that combines the Korean term for beer, maekju, with the English loanword for chicken. Wesley Yang, Bon Appetit, "A Fried Chicken Bender in South Korea," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of loanword

1869, in the meaning defined above

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