utility

[ yoo-til-i-tee ]
/ yuˈtɪl ɪ ti /

noun, plural u·til·i·ties.

adjective

Origin of utility

1350–1400; Middle English utilite < Old French utelite < Latin ūtilitās, equivalent to ūtil(is) useful (see utile) + -itās -ity
Related formsnon·u·til·i·ty, noun, plural non·u·til·i·ties.
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utility

/ (juːˈtɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for utility

C14: from Old French utelite, from Latin ūtilitās usefulness, from ūtī to use
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Word Origin and History for utilities

utility


n.

late 14c., "fact of being useful," from Old French utilite "usefulness" (late 13c.), earlier utilitet (12c.), from Latin utilitatem (nominative utilitas) "usefulness, serviceableness, profit," from utilis "usable," from uti (see use (v.)). As a shortened form of public utility it is recorded from 1930.

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