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, “word; explanation”)).
- (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”).
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