eta

[ey-tuh, ee-tuh]

Origin of eta

< Greek êta; compare Hebrew ḥeth heth

E.T.A.

or ETA

  1. estimated time of arrival.
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Examples from the Web for eta

Contemporary Examples of eta

Historical Examples of eta

  • Even as an Eta, an outcast, would I have loved and sought her.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • Maybe that was mean, but Eta Bita Pie is not to be trifled with when she is aroused.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • "You become an eta if you marry her," Hoshiko's mother was saying.

    The Way of the Gods

    John Luther Long

  • For no goddess can be an eta—even if it were possible for a mortal as beautiful as you to be an eta.

    The Way of the Gods

    John Luther Long

  • No samurai in all the thousands of years of our empire has ever married an eta!

    The Way of the Gods

    John Luther Long


British Dictionary definitions for eta

eta

1
noun
  1. the seventh letter in the Greek alphabet (Η, η), a long vowel sound, transliterated as e or ē

Word Origin for eta

Greek, of Phoenician origin; compare Hebrew heth

eta

2
noun plural eta or etas
  1. (in Japan, formerly) a member of a class of outcasts who did menial and dirty tasks

Word Origin for eta

C19: Japanese

ETA

1
abbreviation for
  1. estimated time of arrival

ETA

2
n acronym for
  1. Euzkadi ta Askatsuna: an organization of militant Basque nationalists attempting to gain independence for the Basques, esp those ruled by Spain, until a ceasefire in 1998, by means of guerrilla warfare

Word Origin for ETA

Basque, literally: Basque Nation and Liberty
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Word Origin and History for eta

e.t.a.

abbreviation of estimated time (of) arrival, first attested 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eta in Medicine

eta

tə, ētə]
n.
  1. The seventh letter of the Greek alphabet.
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