- Obs. the love of learning and literature; study; scholarship
- the study of written records, esp. literary texts, in order to determine their authenticity, meaning, etc.
Origin of philologyFrench philologie ; from Classical Latin philologia, love of learning ; from Gr, love of literature ; from philein, to love + logos, word: see logic
- Literary study or classical scholarship.
- See historical linguistics.
Origin of philologyMiddle English philologie, from Latin philologia, love of learning, from Greek philologia, from philologos, fond of learning or of words : philo-, philo- + logos, reason, speech; see –logy.
- phi·lol′o·ger, phi·lol′o·gist
- phil′o·log′ic , phil′o·log′i·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural philologies)
First coined 1614, from Old French philologie, from Ancient Greek Ï†Î¹Î»Î¿Î»Î¿Î³Î¯Î± (philologia, “love of argument or reasoning, love of learning and literature"), from Ï†Î¯Î»Î¿Ï‚ (philos, “loved, beloved, dear, friend") + Î»ÏŒÎ³Î¿Ï‚ (logos).