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A word adopted from another language and completely or partially naturalized, as very and hors d'oeuvre, both from French.
a word in one language that has been borrowed from another language and usu. naturalized, as wine, taken into Old English from Latin vinum, or macho, taken into Modern English from Spanish.
[1870–75; translation of German Lehnwort]
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|Noun||1.||loanword - a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English|
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
Latinism - a word or phrase borrowed from Latin
Gallicism - a word or phrase borrowed from French