etymology

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English etimologie, from Old French ethimologie, from Latin etymologia, from Ancient Greek ἐτυμολογία (etumología), from ἔτυμον (étumon, true sense) and -λογία (-logía, study of) (from λόγος (lógos)).

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etymology (plural etymologies)

  1. (uncountable) The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
  2. (countable) An account of the origin and historical development of a word.

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  • Not to be confused with entomology (the study of insects) or etiology (the study of causes or origins).

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References[edit]

  • etymology” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • etymology” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "etymology" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.