From Middle Dutch doel, doele (“ditch that separated two fields”), from Old Dutch *duola, from Proto-Germanic *dōlijǭ, *dōlijō (“dale, valley”). Related to dal (“dale, valley”). Likely, the initial meaning was "ditch, pit" which shifted to "pile of earth" to "pile of earth used as target in a shooting range" to "shooting target" to "goal".
See the etymology of the main entry.
- French: deuil