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Meaning of ETYMOLOGY

Pronunciation:  `etu'mâlujee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: bowwow theory, comparative linguistics, derivation, descriptive linguistics, dialectology, dingdong theory, eponymy, folk etymology, glossematics, glossology, glottochronology, glottology, grammar, graphemics, historical linguistics, language study, lexicology, lexicostatistics, linguistic geography, linguistic science, linguistics, mathematical linguistics, morphology, morphophonemics, origin, paleography, philology, phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, semantic history, semantics, sociolinguistics, structuralism, syntactics, transformational linguistics, word history
 

 

 

 

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