noun, plural et·y·mol·o·gies.
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.
Plato supposes an etymological connection between αἰσθήσεις and ἀΐσσω, p. 43 C.
Fulke refuses to be reduced to accept entirely either the "common" or the "etymological" interpretation.Early Theories of Translation|Flora Ross Amos
The etymological connection in this view”, writes a critic, “is not free from difficulty.Indian Myth and Legend|Donald Alexander Mackenzie
noun plural -gies
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.