- 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 etymologic
The Prussians are by no means a chivalric race, in the etymologic sense.
There are two opposing influences by which all languages are affected—the etymologic and the phonetic.Dean of Lismore's Book
An odoriferous-enough (etymologic) bouquet could we cull from the names of Flora's children.
Gutschmidt and others deny this etymologic relation of Neith to Athênê.Ten Great Religions
James Freeman Clarke
- 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 etymologic
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.