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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

loan′ transla`tion(n.)

  1. a compound word or expression formed by translation of each of the elements of a compound from another language, as gospel (Old English gōdspell) from Greek euangélion“good news”.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. the process whereby such a compound is formed.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Princeton's WordNet

  1. calque, calque formation, loan translation(noun)

    an expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language

    "`superman' is a calque for the German `Ubermensch'"


  1. loan translation(Noun)

    The borrowing of components of a foreign language word and translating them literally

  2. Origin: Calque of Lehnübersetzung.


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