Discussion in 'English Only' started by coup de feu, May 24, 2005.
What does "ad hoc" mean, and what language is it?
Greetings coup de feu,
Welcome to the forums.
Try our dictionaries, up at the top of the page. The English Monolingual Dictionary offers the following: (It's Latin)
I'll move this thread over to the English forum.
It means for the specific purpose, case, or situation at hand and for no other.
It is English but it originally comes from Latin.
Hi Elroy, ad hoc is actually used in many languages. I'm not sure what happened here, but since coup de feu posted it originally in the Spanish forum, maybe s/he took it from a text in Spanish ... Anyway, many languages use ad hoc, not only English ...
ad-hoc is Latin, in England or anywhere.
Very good, Artis... same idea + in less words = much better!
By saying it was an English word, I didn't mean that it didn't exist in any other language. And I did mention that the origin of the word was Latin.
The only answer I could give with confidence was English because I didn't know what other languages it existed in.
Sorry for the confusion.
Yes, but it has been accepted as English (the same probably applies to many other languages as well!)
I took it from a french text, I thought I poasted it origanaly in "general vocab". It was not in my english nor french dictonarys so I took it here. I know "ad" means "at" in latin, didn't know what "hoc" ment.
Thanks everyone, you are verry helpfull.
Hi Coup!! This is for you...
ad hoc [Show phonetics]
adjective [before noun]
made or happening only for a particular purpose or need, not planned in advance:
an ad hoc committee/meeting
We deal with problems on an ad hoc basis (= as they happen).
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
Well, "hoc" means "this" in Latin, so I guess Ad Hoc literally means "at this".
Hello MaeLace, and welcome to WordReference.
Ad means to; ergo, ad hoc means to this.
Hence its use to describe something that has been set up "to this end", for this purpose, etc, as above.
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