Nearby words

  1. tostada,
  2. tostado,
  3. tostig,
  4. tot,
  5. tot.,
  6. total allergy syndrome,
  7. total aphasia,
  8. total bases,
  9. total body hypothermia,
  10. total communication

Origin of total

1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin tōtālis, equivalent to Latin tōt(us) entire + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for total


/ (ˈtəʊtəl) /


the whole, esp regarded as the complete sum of a number of parts


complete; absolutethe evening was a total failure; a total eclipse
(prenominal) being or related to a totalthe total number of passengers

verb -tals, -talling or -talled or US -tals, -taling or -taled

Derived Formstotally, adverb

Word Origin for total

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōtālis, from Latin tōtus all

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Word Origin and History for total
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