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Proper Noun

  • An international auxiliary language designed by L. L. Zamenhof with a base vocabulary inspired by Indo-European languages such as English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian, and having a streamlined grammar with completely regular conjugations, declensions, and inflections.
  • Anything that is used as a single international medium in place of plural distinct national media.


  • From Esperanto Esperanto ("one who hopes"), from French espérer, from Latin sperō.
  • Originally, this was the pseudonym assumed by the language's creator, L. L. Zamenhof, and the language was called Lingvo Internacia.

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