…behind the word

Origin of the word: ETYMOLOGY

Etymology /noun, plural: etymologies/ (English): 1350-1400

> In another languages:

  • Etimología (Español)
  • Etimologia (Português)
  • Etymologie (Deutsch)
  • Étymologie (Français)
  • Etimologia (Italiano)

> From:

  • Lat. etymologĭa.
  • Gr. ἐτυμολογία (e·ty·mo·lo·’gia): ‘ety·mos (true) + ‘lo·gos (word).

> Meaning:

  • Present: The study of the origin and history of words, or a study of this type relating to one particular word (Cambridge Dictionary). The study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history; the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning (Oxford Dictionary)
  • Original: The true meaning of the words.
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