Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nearly extinct Romance language, descended from medieval Spanish, spoken by Sephardic Jews especially in the Balkans, Turkey, and the Near East. Also called Judeo-Spanish.
  • n. In Central America, a Spanish-speaking or acculturated Indian; a mestizo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Romance language, derived mainly from Old Castilian (Spanish) and Hebrew.
  • n. a person in Latin America who speaks Spanish and is "Westernized", and whose culture is a mixture of European Spanish and Native American decent, a mestizo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the half-breed descendants of whites and Indians; a mestizo; -- so called throughout Central America. They are usually of a yellowish orange tinge.
  • n. The mixed Spanish and Hebrew language spoken by Sephardim.
  • n. A cunningly vicious horse.
  • n. A ladin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ancient Spanish or Castilian language.
  • n. A Spanish and Portuguese jargon spoken by certain Jews in Turkey and elsewhere.
  • n. In Central America, a half-breed of white and Indian parentage; a mestizo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)
  • n. the Spanish dialect spoken by Sephardic Jews but written in the Hebrew script

Etymologies

Spanish ladino, from Latin Latīnus, Latin; see Latin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ladino לאדינו (ladino). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • TL: Yes, it was sung in Ladino, which is the Yiddish intersection of Hebrew and Spanish.

    Mike Ragogna: HuffPost Video Exclusive: Erasure's "A Little Respect," Plus A Holiday Conversation With Mr. Pink Martini

  • Ethnic groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish - in local Spanish called Ladino) and European 59.4%, K'iche 9.1%, Kaqchikel 8.4%, Mam 7.9%, Q'eqchi 6.3%, other Mayan 8.6%, indigenous non-Mayan 0.2%, other 0.1% (2001 census)

    Guatemala

  • GuatemalaMestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish - in local Spanish called Ladino) and European 59.4%, K'iche 9.1%, Kaqchikel 8.4%, Mam 7.9%, Q'eqchi 6.3%, other Mayan 8.6%, indigenous non-Mayan 0.2%, other 0.1% (2001 census)

    Ethnic groups

  • My hands-down favorite performer was the Israeli singer Mor Karbasi, who is something of a world musical festival in her own right, having a Persian father, Moroccan mother, being born in Jerusalem, based in London, and singing a lot of her songs in Ladino, which is a kind medieval Spanish/Portuguese creole spoken by Sephardic exiles.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • In another town called Ladino (ph), there is a report of children hospitalized.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2002

  • Ethnic divisions: Mestizo - mixed Amerindian-Spanish ancestry (in local Spanish called Ladino) 56\%, Amerindian or predominantly

    The 1996 CIA Factbook

  • Ethnic divisions: Mestizo - mixed Amerindian-Spanish ancestry (in local Spanish called Ladino) 56\%, Amerindian or predominently

    The 1995 CIA World Factbook

  • Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish or assimilated Amerindian - in local Spanish called Ladino), approximately 55\%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian, approximately 43\%, whites and others 2\%

    The 2004 CIA World Factbook

  • Ethnic groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish -- in local Spanish called Ladino) 56\%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian 44\%

    The 1999 CIA Factbook

  • Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish - in local Spanish called Ladino) and European 59. 4\%, K'iche 9. 1\%, Kaqchikel 8. 4\%, Mam 7. 9\%, Q'eqchi

    The 2007 CIA World Factbook

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