Definition of loan translation in English:

loan translation

Pronunciation /loʊn trænzˈleɪʃən/


  • An expression adopted by one language from another in a more or less literally translated form.

    Also called calque

    ‘The transfer of the name between languages assumes contact between Spanish and other speakers and a loan translation.’
    • ‘There are many loan translations from local languages: ‘krai dai,’ a wake or funeral celebration; ‘tai han,’ meanness.’