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This template is used to format the etymology of borrowings and loanwords. Please only use it under the header 'Etymology'.

This template is intended specifically for loanwords that were borrowed during the time the borrowing language was spoken (periods as defined by scholarly consensus and/or Wiktionary's own definitions). It should not be used for terms that were borrowed at an earlier stage. For example, if English has a word that was borrowed from Anglo-Norman French in the 12th century, then the Modern English entry would not use {{borrowing}}, because the word was not borrowed in modern English times: English as defined on Wiktionary begins at the year 1500, so the 12th century does not fall under the modern English period, it falls under Middle English. The Middle English entry for that word would use the {{borrowing}} template.


Parameter Function Default value (if left unspecified)
1 The language code for the source language: the language that the term was borrowed from. None, mandatory
2 The word/term in question None, optional but highly recommended
lang The language code for the target language: the language which borrowed the term. This should be the language of the section that the template is placed in. English
alt or 3 An alternative form of the word which is being loaned: this form is displayed. This can be for optional diacritical marks such as macrons, or to link to a lemma form but display a non-lemma form 2
4 A gloss; a quick summary of what the word (2) means 2
nocap When nocap= is specified, the template will displaying borrowing instead of Borrowing None, optional
t translation (for a foreign word) none
tr transliteration (for a word not in Latin script) none
pos part of speech (see {{term}}) none
lit literal translation (see {{term}} none




Borrowing from French aperçu



borrowing from English "jazz"

See also[edit]

  • {{etyl}} (transcluded in this template)
  • {{term}} (transcluded in this template)