noun, plural et·y·mol·o·gies.
Origin of etymology
Examples from the Web for etymologist
The etymologist clears all those fences for you and delivers a word fresh into your hands.The Critical Game|John Albert Macy
The etymologist must either be an antiquary or must know where to go for sound antiquarian information.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
Judith had asked why, and he had told her she would never be an etymologist at that rate.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
No etymologist could have accounted for the name of our nation had he not had recourse to our annals.Amenities of Literature|Isaac Disraeli
Not one of our greatest explorers has unearthed more splendid palaces, than the etymologist.Thoughts on Life and Religion|Friedrich Max Mller
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.