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Uncountable noun etymology is the study of the origins and historical development of words. Countable noun the etymology of a particular word is its history.

etymology Wiktionary


As practised by socrates in the cratylus, etymology involves a claim about the.

Commonly confused etymology and entomology the etymology of etymology itself is relatively straightforward. Etymon means origin of a word in latin, and comes from the greek word etymon, meaning literal meaning of a word according to its origin.

By extension, the etymology of a word means its origin and development throughout history.

The origin and historical development of a linguistic form as shown by determining its basic elements, earliest known use, and changes in form and meaning, tracing its transmission from one language to another, identifying its cognates in other languages, and reconstructing its ancestral form where possible.

Online Etymology Dictionary | Origin, history and meaning ..

The online etymology dictionary is the internets go-to source for quick and reliable accounts of the origin and history of english words, phrases, and idioms. It is professional enough to satisfy academic standards, but accessible enough to be used by anyone. The site has become a favorite resource of teachers of reading, spelling, and english as a second language.


Di the study of the origin and history of words, or a study of this type relating to one particular word at university she developed an interest in etymology.