Tag: word formation
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definition: in linguistics, a word that appears to be the base of, but was actually formed from, another word, as “trivia” from “trivial.”
definition: a word adopted into one language from another through the translation of each root or morpheme of the foreign word.
example: In English, the word “masterpiece” is a calque of the Dutch word “meesterstuk.” In French, the word “gratte-ciel” is a calque based on the translation of the words “scrape” and “sky” in the English compound word “skyscraper.” (more…)