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Examples of Words Taken
From Other Languages


Afrikaans
trek	

Aleut
parka	

Algonquin
moccasin	

Arabic
jihad
kebab
mufti	

Australian Aboriginal
boomerang	

Bantu
zombie

Catalan
paella	

Chinese
chow mein	
ginseng	
gung-ho	
kung  fu	
mah-jong
sampan	
tong
wok		
wonton	

Congolese
marimba	

Dutch
maelstrom	
monsoon	

Finnish
sauna	

French
abattoir	
adage		
amateur	 
ambiance	 
aperitif	
aplomb	
apropos	
armoire	
avalanche 
bagatelle 
bassinet
baton		
bayou		
beau		
béchamel
Bedouin	
belle-lettres
beret	
bidet	
bisque	
bivouac	 
bizarre	 
blond	
bon vivant
bon voyage	
boulevard	
bouquet	
boutique
bravo	
brochette
brochure
brusque	
buffet		
bureau	
butte		
cabaret	
cache		
cachet		
cadet		
cameo	
camouflage
canapé	
canard	
caprice	
carafe		
carousel	
cartel		
casserole	
cassette	
centrifuge	
chagrin	
chalet		
chamois	
chandelier	 
chaperone	
charade	
chartreuse	
chassis	
chef		
chenille	
chic	
colon		
comedienne	
commissionaire 
communique	
connoisseur	
console	
corps		
corvette	
coulee		
coup	 
cretin	
critique	
debacle	
debris		
debut		
décor	
depot		
detour		
divan	
divorcee	
domino	
embarras
entente	
entrepreneur	
environs	
escargot	
etiquette	
finesse	
fondue	
foyer		
fuselage
fusillade	
gala		
gazette	
genre		
gigolo		
goitre		
gourmand	
gourmet	
guillotine	
impasse	
impromptu	
kaolin		 
largesse	
legerdemain	
levee		
liason		
lien		
lingerie	
liqueur	
locale		
lorgnette	
luge		
macabre	
maisonette	
malaise	
malapropos	
mandolin	
mannequin	 
Mardi gras	
marinade	
marionette	
massage
masseur	
matinee	
mayonnaise	
mentor	
meringue	
mezzanine	
migraine	
minaret	
mirage	
montage	
moraine	
morale	
morgue	
motif		
moustache	
naive		
negligee	
niche		
nom de plume
nonchalant
palette	
panache	
parole		
parquet	
pastiche	
pâté
patois		
patron		
peristyle	
personnel	
physique	
picayune	
pipette	
piquant	
pirouette	
plateau	
pompadour	
pot-pourri	
protégé	
quai		
quiche		
ragout		
rapport	
regime	
rendezvous	
restaurant	
résumé	
reverie	
revue		
riposte	
risqué
rotisserie	
rouge		
roulette	
sabotage	
salon		
sauté		
silhouette	
sommelier	
sorbet		
soufflé		
souvenir	
	

French (cont'd)
suede		
suite		
talus		
terrine		
tete-a-tete	
tirade		
tontine
tournedos	
tourniquet	
triage		
troubador	
trousseau	
tuque		
tutu		
tuyere		
valet		
valise		
vaudeville	
venue		
vignette		
virgule		
voyeur	

German
euchre	
frankfurter	
gestalt		
junker		
kaput		
kindergarten	
kirsch		
kraut		
lager		
polka		
poltergeist	
pretzel	
pumpernickel
realpolitik	
sauerkraut	
schnitzel	
schuss	
strudel	
wanderlust	
wiener	

Greek
analgesia	
calliope	
ethos		
glaucoma	
hoi polloi	
ion		
iota		
kudos		
macro		
moron		
ouzo		
pathos	
pentathlon	
pseudo	
utopía		

Hawaiian
hula		
kahuna	
lei		
luau		
ukulele	

Hebrew
bar mitzvah	
kibbutz	
kosher	
menorah	

Hindustani
veranda	

Hungarian
goulash
paprika

Icelandic
saga		

Inuit
igloo		
kayak		

Irish
leprechaun

Italian
al dente	
allegro	
ambiente	
ballerina	
bimbo		
bordello	 
breccia	
cannelloni	
casino		
confetti	
crescendo	
cupola		
ditto		
diva		
falsetto	
fettucine	
fiasco		
furore		
ghetto		
gnocchi	
gondola	
graffiti		
gusto		
impresario	
incógnito	 
inferno	
influenza	
intaglio	
lasagne	
linguine	
maestro	
mafioso	
malaria	
manicotti	
manifesto	
marinara	
mascara	
marina	
mezzo-soprano
minestrone	
motto		
mozzarella	
parmigiana	
pasta		
patina		
pepperoni	
pesto		
piano		
pizza		
portico	
prima donna	
ravioli		
ricotta		
rigatoni	
riviera		
salami		
scaloppine	
soprano	
spumante	
spumoni	
staccato	
stanza		
stiletto		
stucco		
terracotta	
torso		
tortellini	
vendetta	
vermicelli	
virtuoso	
vista		
zucchini

Japanese
judo		
ju-jitsu		
kabuki		
kamikaze	
karaoke	
karate		
kimono	
sake		
sumo		
sushi		
tempura	
teriyaki	
tofu		
tsunami	
tycoon		

Kiswahili
safari		

Korean
tae kwon do

Lappish
tundra	

Latin
aacus	 
abort		
ad lib		
aegis		 
affidavit	
agenda	
album		
albumen	
alias		
alumnus	
anathema	
anorexia	 
antenna	
antithesis	
apex		
aquarium	
asphyxia	
atrium		
auditorium	
aura		
bacterium	
basilica	 
bona fide	
campus	
candelabrum	
cantor		
catharsis	
cerebrum	
colossus	 
coma		 
compendium	
condominium
consensus	
consortium	
consul		
cortex	
cumulus	


Latin (cont'd)
cursor		
dado		
data		
decorum	
delta	
ego		
epitome	 
euphoria	 
exit		
exodus	
explicit	
focus		
fœtus		
fungus	
genesis	 
genius		
genus		
gymnasium	 
gypsum	 
habitat	
honorarium	
humus	
hypothesis	 
ímpetus	
index		
inertia		
innuendo	
insignia	
item		
janitor		
larva		
larynx		
latex		
libido		
limbo		
locus		
lumbago	
magnum	
manna	 
matrix		
mausoleum	
media		
medium	
Memento	
Memorabilia	
militia		
minutia	
modulus	
momentum	
moratorium	
narthex	 
nebula	
neurosis	 
non sequitar	
nucleus	
onomatopoeia
opprobium	
optimum	
ovum		
papyrus	
paraphernalia
per capita	
pergola	
phenomenon	
phobia	
placebo	
plethora	 
podium	
post-mortem	
propoganda	
psyche	 
quantum	
quota		
rabbí		 
radius		
rectum	
regimen	
retina		
spectrum	
sphinx		
sputum	
stadium	
status quo	
stigma		
stimulus	
stylus		
thesaurus	
thorax		
trapezium	
trivia		
valhalla	 
verbatim	
versus		
vertigo	
veto		
vice versa	
villa
vim		
vortex	

Malay
sarong	

Norwegian
fiord

Persian, Urdu
tandoori	

Portuguese
amok		
commando	
cuspidor	
piranha	
samba	
typhoon	

Russian
babushka	
intelligentsia	 
pirogi		
pogrom	
samovar	
troika		

Sanskrit
guru		
karma		
maharajá	
mantra	
nirvana	
raja		
swami		
yoga		

Sioux
teepee

Spanish
adobe
alfalfa		 
balsa		
bonanza	
bronco	
burro		
caballero	
cabana	
caldera	
canasta	
canyon	
chicano	
chinchilla	
corral		
embargo	
fiesta		
flamenco	
flotilla		
gringo		
guano		 
guerrilla	
hacienda	
incommunicado	
junta		
machete	
matador	
mesa		
mulatto	
patio		
peccadillo	
pinto		
plaza		
rodeo		
sangria	
silo		
sombrero	
toreador	
tortilla		
vigilante	

Spanish (American)
cafeteria	
cha-cha	
conga		
enchilada	
guacamole	
marijuana	
palomino	
rumba		
tango		

Spanish (Mexican)
apache	
coyote		
machismo	
macho	
nacho		
tamale	

Swedish
smorgasbord

Tamil
catamaran		

Tongan
taboo		

Turkish
cafftan	
fez		
dervish	
harem		
macrame	
millet		
shish kebab	
yoghurt	

Urdu
khaki	

Yiddish
gelfilte fish	
klutz		
knish		
nosh		
schlock	
schmaltz	
schmooze	
schmuck	
yarmulke

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