Questions tagged [loan-words]

Use this tag when asking question about words adopted from one language (the donor language) and incorporated into another language without translation.

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An Italian table, is it in fact Arabic?

The other day I stumbled upon the Arabic word طاولة "tawila". It occurred to me that it in fact sounds quite close to Italian "tavolo". Is this just coincidental or was the word loaned in either ...
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Significato di fru-fru

Una mia amica mi ha detto che fru-fru può voler dire anche superficiale? È vero? Ho guardato nel dizionario Treccani ma non sono riuscito a capire i termini descritti lì dentro.
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Can any trace of Etruscan be found in modern Italian?

Once common in the central part of the Italian peninsula, the Etruscan language as well as the people who spoke it, are said to have disappeared without trace. Is it only an overstatement or can we ...