- 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 etymologically
The agents live on now, both chemically and etymologically, in drugs such as bendamustine that are used to treat several cancers.Sarin, Nitrogen Mustard, Cyanide & More: All About Chemical Weapons
August 26, 2013
In many cases the transformation was etymologically justified.The Romance of Names
Thus humble-pie has etymologically no connection with humility.
A beggar is not etymologically one who begs, or a cadger one who cadges.
Panzer, a cuirass, is etymologically a pauncher, or defence for the paunch.
Etymologically, the amateur is one who loves, the connoisseur one who knows.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
- 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 etymologically
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.