[loh-gos, -gohs, log-os]


(often initial capital letter) Philosophy. the rational principle that governs and develops the universe.
Theology. the divine word or reason incarnate in Jesus Christ. John 1:1–14.

Origin of logos

1580–90; < Greek lógos a word, saying, speech, discourse, thought, proportion, ratio, reckoning, akin to légein to choose, gather, recount, tell over, speak; cf. lection



noun, plural lo·gos.

Also called logotype. a graphic representation or symbol of a company name, trademark, abbreviation, etc., often uniquely designed for ready recognition.
Printing. logotype(def 1).

Origin of logo

by shortening of logotype or logogram



noun Computers.

a high-level programming language widely used to teach children how to use computers.

Origin of LOGO

< Greek lógos word (see logos), spelled as if an acronym
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Related Words for logos

symbol, tag, emblem, brand, label, imprint, identification, logotype

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philosophy reason or the rational principle expressed in words and things, argument, or justification; esp personified as the source of order in the universe

Word Origin for logos

C16: from Greek: word, reason, discourse, from legein to speak



Christian theol the divine Word; the second person of the Trinity incarnate in the person of Jesus


noun plural -os

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Word Origin and History for logos

1580s, Logos, "the divine Word, second person of the Christian Trinity," from Greek logos "word, speech, discourse," also "reason," from PIE root *leg- "to collect" (with derivatives meaning "to speak," on notion of "to pick out words;" see lecture (n.)); used by Neo-Platonists in various metaphysical and theological senses and picked up by New Testament writers.

Other English formations from logos include logolatry "worship of words, unreasonable regard for words or verbal truth" (1810 in Coleridge); logomania (1870); logophobia (1923).



1937, probably a shortening of logogram "sign or character representing a word."

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