Variant of etymology
noun pl. etymologies
- the origin and development of a word, affix, phrase, etc.; the tracing of a word or other form back as far as possible in its own language and to its source in contemporary or earlier languages: in this dictionary etymologies are given in doubled brackets preceding the senses to which they apply
- the branch of linguistics dealing with word origin and development
Origin: ME & OFr ethimologie < L etymologia < Gr: see etymon & -logy
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