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Esperanto (ĕspərän´tō), an artificial language introduced in 1887 and intended by its inventor, Dr. Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof (1859–1917), a Polish oculist and linguist, to ease communication between speakers of different languages. In the 20th cent. it has been taught in schools and universities throughout the world but has not received wide acceptance as an international language. Its grammar and lexicon are relatively unfamiliar to users who do not know other Indo-European languages; its syntax, spelling, and pronunciation are influenced especially by Slavonic. See international language.

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Esperanto

Esperanto an artificial language devised in 1887 as an international medium of communication, based on roots from the chief European languages. The name Dr Esperanto was 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’).

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Es·pe·ran·to / ˌespəˈräntō/ • n. an artificial language devised in 1887 as an international medium of communication, based on roots from the chief European languages. DERIVATIVES: Es·pe·ran·tist / -tist/ n.

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Esperanto Language devised in 1887 by Ludwik Zamenhof (1859–1917), as a language of international communication. Its spelling and grammar are regular and consistent, and its vocabulary mostly derived from w European languages.

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Esperanto XIX. Pen-name Dr. Esperanto (i.e. ‘hoping one’) of the inventor, L. L. Zamenhof.

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