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definition of the word etymology

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From Middle English etimologie < Old French ethimologie < Latin etymologia < Ancient Greek ἐτυμολογία (etumologia) < ἔτυμον (etumon), true sense) and -λογία (-logia), study of) < λόγος (logos).

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etymology (plural 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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