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Etymology

From Middle English etimologie < Old French ethimologie < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] etymologia < Ancient Greek ἐτυμολογία (etumologia) < ἔτυμον (etumon), true sense) and -λογία (-logia), study of) < λόγος (logos).

Pronunciation

  • (RP) enPR: ĕt"ə-mŏl'ə-jē, IPA: /ˌɛt.ɪˈmɒl.ə.dʒi/, SAMPA: /%Et.I"mQl.@.dZi/
  • (GenAm) enPR: ĕt"ə-mŏl'ə-jē, IPA: /ˌɛtəˈmɑlədʒi/, SAMPA: /%Et@"mAl@dZi/

Noun

Singular
etymology

Plural
etymologies

etymology (etymologies)
  1. The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
  2. An account of the origin and historical development of a word.

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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, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • etymology” in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

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