- 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 philologiā 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).