diachrony

[dahy-ak-ruh-nee]

noun, plural di·ach·ro·nies.

Linguistics.
  1. a diachronic approach to language study.
  2. change or development in a linguistic system over a period of time.
historical change.

Nearby words

  1. diacetyl,
  2. diacetylmorphine,
  3. diachronic,
  4. diachronic linguistics,
  5. diachronism,
  6. diachylon,
  7. diacid,
  8. diacidic,
  9. diaclasis,
  10. diaconal

Origin of diachrony

First recorded in 1955–60; diachron(ic) + -y3

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