- the derivation of a word.
- a chronological account of the birth and development of a particular word or element of a word, often delineating its spread from one language to another and its evolving changes in form and meaning.
- the study of historical linguistic change, especially as manifested in individual words.
Origin of etymology
Examples from the Web for etymological
“Device” and “divide” are etymological cousins; a good dramatic device often divides characters from what's “really” going on.Anne Hathaway's Magical "Night"
June 28, 2009
The term in the etymological sense would be applied to Gwen.Y Gododin
It was not phonetic, nor was it etymological; it was simply Ritsonian.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
Their etymological origin is in any case the same as if they were nicknames.
This is somewhat of a new departure in etymological dictionaries.
There is really no etymological connection between the two names.Out in the Forty-Five
Emily Sarah Holt
- the study of the sources and development of words and morphemes
- an account of the source and development of a word or morpheme
Word Origin and History for etymological
late 14c., ethimolegia "facts of the origin and development of a word," from Old French et(h)imologie (14c., Modern French étymologie), from Latin etymologia, from Greek etymologia, properly "study of the true sense (of a word)," from etymon "true sense" (neuter of etymos "true, real, actual," related to eteos "true") + -logia "study of, a speaking of" (see -logy).
In classical times, of meanings; later, of histories. Latinized by Cicero as veriloquium. As a branch of linguistic science, from 1640s. Related: Etymological; etymologically.