Ladino

Ladino

[luh-dee-noh; Spanish lah-thee-naw]
noun, plural Ladinos [luh-dee-nohz; Spanish lah-thee-naws] , for 2, 3.
1.
Also called Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo. a Romance language of Sephardic Jews, based on Old Spanish and written in the hebrew script.
2.
(in Spanish America) a mestizo.
3.
(lowercase) Southwestern U.S. a wild, unmanageable, or vicious horse or other ranch animal.

Origin:
1885–90; < Spanish < Latin Latīnus Latin. Cf. Ladin

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ladino (ləˈdiːnəʊ)
 
n , pl -nos
an Italian variety of white clover grown as a forage crop in North America
 
[C20: perhaps from Italian ladino (see Ladin), referring to a person or thing from the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland, where the clover is grown]

Ladino (ləˈdiːnəʊ)
 
n
Judaeo-Spanish, Also called: Judezmo a language of Sephardic Jews, based on Spanish with some Hebrew elements and usually written in Hebrew characters
 
[from Spanish: Latin]

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Ladino
1889, Spanish mixed with Hebrew, Arabic, and other elements, written in Heb. characters, spoken by Sephardim in Turkey, Greece, etc. From Sp. Ladino "sagacious, cunning crafty," originally "knowing Latin, Latin," from L. Latinus. The Sp. word also has appeared in 19c. Amer.Eng. in its senses "vicious
horse" and, in Central America, "mestizo, white person."
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