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English definition of “loanword”


noun [C]     /ˈləʊn.wɜːd/ US  /ˈloʊn.wɝːd/
a word taken from one language and used in anotherTerminology and vocabulary Grammar:Loan words and new wordsSee more
(Definition of loanword noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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