What does calque mean?

calque meaning in General Dictionary

See 2d Calk v t

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  • a manifestation introduced into one language by translating it from another language
  • See 2d Calk, v. t.

calque meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"loan interpretation of a foreign term or expression," from French calque, virtually "a copy," from calquer "to trace by rubbing" (it self lent in English 1660s as calk), launched 16c. from Italian calcare, from Latin calcare "to tread, to press down."

calque - German to English


calque - French to English

loan interpretation