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Gender of foreign words and loan words [duplicate]

Note: I am not talking about new words which don't have an article yet. I am interested in talking about foreign terms and concepts in German. My examples are all in French, but could be in Italian or ...
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Why is it “der Bikini”? Shouldn't the noun be feminine?

I can understand that some German nouns (e.g. M├Ądchen) might just always have been whatever gender the noun is, and the explaintion is lost to the mists of time. But Bikinis were invented in the ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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Do Latin loanwords conserve their gender?

When I asked my teacher for the gender of Mensa, she replied that it is feminine, because the Latin word mensa is feminine. When it comes to words that share the same spelling in both German and ...