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From Middle English ethimologie, 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)).



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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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  • etymology” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • etymology” in Unabridged:, LLC, 1995–.
  • "etymology" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.
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