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Esperanto (n.)

1892, from Doktoro Esperanto, whose name means in Esperanto, "one who hopes," pen name used on the title page of a book about the artificial would-be universal language published 1887 by its Polish-born creator, Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof (1859-1917). Compare Spanish esperanza "hope," from esperar, from Latin sperare "hope" (see sperate). For initial e- see e-.

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Definitions of Esperanto from WordNet

Esperanto (n.)
an artificial language based as far as possible on words common to all the European languages;
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