etymology
Pronunciation
  • (RP) enPR: ĕt"ə-mŏl'ə-jē, IPA: /ˌɛt.ɪˈmɒl.ə.dʒi/
  • (America) enPR: ĕt"ə-mŏl'ə-jē, IPA: /ˌɛt.ɪˈmɑl.ə.dʒi/
Noun

etymology (plural etymologies)

  1. (uncountable) The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
  2. (countable) The origin and historical development of a word; the derivation.
  3. (countable) An account of the origin and historical development of a word as presented in a dictionary or the like.
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