artificial language intended for international use (invented by Dr. Ludovic Zamenhof in 1887)
\es`pe*ran"to\ (?), n. an artificial language, intended to be universal, devised by dr. zamenhof, a russian, who adopted the pseudonym "dr. esperanto" in publishing his first pamphlet regarding it in 1887. the vocabulary is very largely based upon words common to the chief european languages, and sounds peculiar to any one language are eliminated. the spelling is phonetic, and the accent (stress) is always on the penult. -- es`pe*ran"tist (#), n.
Esperanto ( or ; ) is a constructed international auxiliary language. It is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto ("Esperanto" translates as "one who hopes"), the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, on July 26, 1887. Zamenhof's goal was to create an easy-to-learn, politically neutral language that would transcend nationality and foster peace and international understanding between people with different languages.
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Esperanto is an artificial key-language designed as a means of international communication.
It was invented by Dr Zamenhof, who first produced his system in 1887 by publication of 'An International Language, by Dr.
The leading characteristics of Esperanto are its simplicity of construction, the facility by which it may be acquired, and the practical ease and euphony of its pronunciation.
The alphabet is composed of 28 letters each having an invariable sound.
The vocabulary consists of about 900 roots selected from the most familiar languages.
The language is: Esperanto
1. an artificial language based as far as possible on words common to all the European languages
(hypernym) artificial language
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