Adjective "esperanto" definition and examples

(Esperanto may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˌɛspəˈrantəʊ/

Definitions and examples

noun

An artificial language devised in 1887 as an international medium of communication, based on roots from the chief European languages. It retains the structure of these languages and has the advantage of grammatical regularity and ease of pronunciation.
  1. 'This is basically akin to saying Esperanto will make learning languages obsolete.'
  2. 'He's better than you and me, and to top it all off he can speak the international language of Esperanto.'
  3. 'The other much vaunted advantage of Esperanto over English is, as I mentioned, that it's neutral.'
  4. 'Topics have included the history of megaliths, the semi-defunct international language Esperanto, underground Japanese cinema and music broadcast to and from space.'
  5. 'He reads widely in English and French, and also in Esperanto, a language through which he has made friends from all over the world.'
  6. 'These groups were interested in internationalism, saw the need for an international language, and started teaching themselves Esperanto.'

More definitions

1. 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"currencies can be esperanto."

Origin

(Esperanto)Late 19th century: from the name Dr Esperanto, used as a pen name by the inventor of the language, Ludwik L. Zamenhof (1858–1917), Polish physician; the literal sense is ‘one who hopes’ (based on Latin sperare ‘to hope’).