esperantism

Esperanto

[es-puh-rahn-toh, -ran-]
noun
an artificial language invented in 1887 by L. L. Zamenhof (1859–1917), a Polish physician and philologist, and intended for international use. It is based on word roots common to the major European languages.

Origin:
1890–95; orig. pseudonym of inventor; literally, the hoping one. See esperance

Esperantism, noun
Esperantist, noun
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Esperanto (ˌɛspəˈræntəʊ)
 
n
an international artificial language based on words common to the chief European languages, invented in 1887
 
[C19: literally: the one who hopes, pseudonym of Dr. L. L. Zamenhof, who invented it]
 
Espe'rantist
 
n, —adj

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Esperanto
1892, from Dr. Esperanto, whose name means in Esperanto, "one who hopes," pen name used on the title page of "Langue internationale," a book about the artificial would-be universal language published 1887 by its inventor, Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof (1859-1917).
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