The English Language
Borrowed Words From
These are some of the oldest borrowed words in English. Many of them came via Latin.
There are a number of calendar words, one planet and the name of Rome itself.
|April||The fourth month of the Western calendar.|
|arena||from 'harena', sand||An area of sand where theatre and combat took place.|
|attrium||entrance||Part of a temple or church.|
|Ides||An old calendar term as in 'Ides of March'.|
|January||from 'Janus' (the ancient Italian two faced god)||The first month of the Western calendar.|
|mantissa||A mathematical term.|
|Saturn||The sixth planet.|