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)).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ĕt"ə-mŏl'ə-jē, IPA(key): /ˌɛt.ɪˈmɒl.ə.dʒi/
- (General American) enPR: ĕt"ə-mŏl'ə-jē, IPA(key): /ˌɛtəˈmɑlədʒi/
- Hyphenation: e‧ty‧mo‧lo‧gy
etymology (plural etymologies)
- (uncountable) The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
- (countable) An account of the origin and historical development of a word.
- Not to be confused with entomology (“the study of insects”) or etiology (“the study of causes or origins”).
study of the historical development of languages, particularly of individual words
account of the origin and historical development of a word
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