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Meaning of ETYMOLOGY

Pronunciation:  `etu'mâlujee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the study of the sources and development of words
  2. [n]  a history of a word

ETYMOLOGY is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 See Also: account, chronicle, folk etymology, history, lexicostatistics, linguistics, story



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Et`y*mol"o*gy\ (-j[y^]), n.; pl. {Etymologies}
(-j[i^]z). [L. etymologia, Gr. 'etymologi`a; 'e`tymon etymon
+ lo`gos discourse, description: cf. F. ['e]tymologie. See
{Etymon}, and {-logy}.]
1. That branch of philological science which treats of the
   history of words, tracing out their origin, primitive
   significance, and changes of form and meaning.

2. That part of grammar which relates to the changes in the
   form of the words in a language; inflection.

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