etymology

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Etymology

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)).

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Noun

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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.

Usage notes

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

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References

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