- 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
Historical Examples of 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 for etymology
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.