[ noo-muh-rol-uh-jee, nyoo- ]
/ ˌnu məˈrɒl ə dʒi, ˌnyu- /


the study of numbers, as the figures designating the year of one's birth, to determine their supposed influence on one's life, future, etc.

Nearby words

  1. numerical identity,
  2. numerical taxonomy,
  3. numerical weather prediction,
  4. numerically,
  5. numero uno,
  6. numerosity,
  7. numerous,
  8. numerously,
  9. numic,
  10. numidia

Origin of numerology

1910–15; < Latin numer(us) number + -o- + -logy

Related formsnu·mer·o·log·i·cal [noo-mer-uh-loj-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /ˌnu mər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌnyu-/, adjectivenu·mer·ol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for numerologists


/ (ˌnjuːməˈrɒlədʒɪ) /


the study of numbers, such as the figures in a birth date, and of their supposed influence on human affairs
Derived Formsnumerological (ˌnjuːmərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivenumerologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for numerologists



1911, "study of the occult meaning of numbers," a hybrid from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)) + Greek -logia (see -logy). A correct formation would be arithmology, from Greek arithmos "number." Related: Numerological; numerologist.

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