To make a loan translation from (a word in another language).
A borrowing by which a specialized meaning of a word or phrase in one language is transferred to another language by a literal translation of each of the individual elements (Ex.: masterpiece, from German meisterstück)
Other Word Forms
Origin of calque
- French from calquer to trace, copy from Italian calcare to press from Latin calcāre to tread on from calx heel
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition