Definition of Esperanto

1. Noun. An artificial language based as far as possible on words common to all the European languages.

Generic synonyms: Artificial Language

Definition of Esperanto

1. n. An artificial language, intended to be universal, devised by Dr. Zamenhof, a Russian, who adopted the pseudonym "Dr. Esperanto" in publishing his first pamphlet regarding it in 1887. The vocabulary is very largely based upon words common to the chief European languages, and sounds peculiar to any one language are eliminated. The spelling is phonetic, and the accent (stress) is always on the penult.

Definition of Esperanto

1. Proper noun. The name of an international auxiliary language designed by L. L. Zamenhof with a base vocabulary inspired by Indo-European languages such as English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian, and having a streamlined grammar with completely regular conjugations, declensions, and inflections. ¹

2. Proper noun. (figuratively) Anything that is used as a single international medium in place of plural distinct national media. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Esperanto

Esme Stuart Lennox Robinson
Esox americanus
Esox lucius
Esox masquinongy
Esox niger
Espírito Santo
Esser graft
Esser operation

Literary usage of Esperanto

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"but as a matter of fact the great majority of them never published anything in esperanto. Their support is purely platonic, and as it was given before the ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1908)
"THE US GOVERNMENT AT THE esperanto CONGRESS. esperanto has been recognized officially by the United States Government in the appointment of Major Paul F. ..."

3. The Chautauquan by Chautauqua Institution (1909)
"esperanto News There will be no International esperanto Congress in America in 1908. The Konstanta Komitato, that is to say, the Permanent Congress realized ..."

4. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1908)
"And here I would at once say that I hold no brief for esperanto and am no ... With almost everything Dr. Carus says against esperanto I heartily agree ..."

5. The School Journal (1906)
"This and all information regarding esperanto can be procured from the British esperanto ... I believe esperanto will be found very useful educationally, ..."

6. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association, Richard Rogers Bowker, Charles Ammi Cutter (1908)
"esperanto RECOGNIZED BY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT esperanto has been recognized officially by the United Slates Government in the appointment of Major Paul ..."

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