Main meanings of ladino in English

: ladino1Ladino2


Pronunciation /laˈdiːnəʊ/

nounplural noun ladinos

  • A white (or Dutch) clover of a large variety native to Italy and cultivated for fodder in North America.

    ‘Legume coverage was very sparse in the post-seeding years for all treatments except for the ladino clover treatment in year 1, which averaged >9%.’
    • ‘A native prairie of black-eyed Susans, Indian grass, big and little bluestem, ladino clover, and other native grasses quilts the 32 acres of bottomground near the river.’
    • ‘To boost the protein content of the pastures and to get the nitrogen-fixing benefit of legumes, Greg has frost-seeded quite a bit of red and ladino clover, and there is a scattering of alfalfa from very old hay stands.’
    • ‘To provide sufficient legume to improve performance of cattle grazing high endophyte tall fescue, lespedeza and red clover should be interseeded every year, and ladino clover should be interseeded at least every 2 years.’


1920s from Italian.

Main meanings of Ladino in English

: ladino1Ladino2


Pronunciation /laˈdiːnəʊ/

nounplural noun Ladinos

  • 1mass noun The language of some Sephardic Jews, especially formerly in Mediterranean countries. It is based on medieval Spanish, with some Hebrew, Greek, and Turkish words, and is written in modified Hebrew characters.

    Also called Judezmo

    ‘There is a Spanish language paper published every day in Ladino, the medieval Spanish spoken by Sephardic Jews kicked out of Andalucia by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492.’
    • ‘Even the shoeshine boys spoke half a dozen languages, from Greek and Turkish to Ladino (Judeo-Spanish).’
    • ‘Having been expelled from Spain in 1492, the Sephardim, speaking Ladino, a Spanish dialect, found refuge in north Africa, the Levant, the Ottoman Empire, the Netherlands, and Italy.’
    • ‘She sings in Arabic, Hebrew and Ladino, the language of Jewish-Spain.’
    • ‘Indeed, ‘No Seas Capritchioza’ and ‘Kadife’, two of the songs included here, have lyrics in Ladino, the Sephardic language.’
    • ‘These were followed with the country strains of Neil Young's ‘I Believe In You,’ the light swing of ‘Naked Beauty,’ a fiery take on Edith Piaf's ‘Mon Manège A Moi’ and two songs in the medieval language of Ladino.’
    • ‘There he saw people ‘who looked more Spanish than Turkish’ and who ‘were praying and speaking in Ladino, the language of the Sephardic Jews’.’
    • ‘In addition, the Ashkenazic Jews speak Yiddish, which is a peculiarly Eastern European mixture of German and Hebrew, while the Sephardic Jews speak Ladino.’
    • ‘Nissan also calls attention to the narrator's ‘otherness’ by incorporating a substantial number of words from Ladino into the text, which is written mostly in Spanish.’
    • ‘The wealthier and more influential Sephardim spoke Italian and Ladino, while the Yiddish of the Ashkenazim had to compete with the more prestigious English.’
    • ‘Sephardic Jews spoke Arabic, too, but inside the community, their language was Judezmo, a Jewish language based on Spanish, with a written form called Ladino.’
    • ‘In 1884, the first newspaper in Ladino - the language of Sephardic Jews - was founded, although in time all Jewish newspapers in the country published in Bulgarian.’
    • ‘The first of the three women sung in Ladino, the poetic language of medieval Spain.’
    • ‘Here Nitin Sawhney goes flamenco, Israel's Yasmin Levy sings in Ladino, the nearly-extinct language of the Sephardic Jews - and Salif Keita goes back to Mali and his Mandinka roots.’
    • ‘The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal developed Ladino, a mixture of Spanish and Hebrew, while Ashkenazic Jews in central and eastern Europe spoke Yiddish, a combination of medieval German and Hebrew.’
    • ‘Micki, another of Mont's followers, recalls her uncles and aunts occasionally peppering their Spanish with unfamiliar words and phrases, which she later learned were from Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish dialect.’
    • ‘People often asked me about Ladino but in fact in my family no-one spoke Ladino, they actually spoke the local Judaeo / Arabic dialect.’
    • ‘A banishment from Bavaria in 1470 brought more Ashkenazi Jews to Bulgaria, who in spite of their later adoption of Sephardic customs, the Ladino language, and names, for a long time maintained separate synagogues.’
    • ‘As Israel was established, Hebrew, a language previously found only in prayer or embedded in patois such as Ladino and Yiddush, was forcefully resurrected.’
  • 2A mestizo or Spanish-speaking white person in Central America.

    ‘The rest are Mestizos or Ladinos (supposedly of mixed racial descent).’
    • ‘These Amerindian-Spanish people are known locally as Ladinos.’
    • ‘In turn, they were treated by Ladinos as children or as persons of little worth.’
    • ‘Those of them who speak Spanish are Ladinos, while the term ‘Creole’ is used of English-speakers.’
    • ‘The already developed structures of economic and political limitations in the United States incorporate Mexican Ladinos, as well as indigenous Zapotecs, Mixtecs, and Mixes, fleeing economic and social adversity.’
    • ‘The Q'eqchi’ have a much simpler, more anthropocentric view of the environment, and the Ladinos lie somewhere in the middle.’
    • ‘By the time Javier reached Sarajevo in 1996, most of the Ladinos had disappeared.’


Spanish, from Latin Latinus (see Latin).