Envelop Definition

ĕn-vĕləp
enveloped, enveloping, envelops
verb
enveloped, enveloping, envelops
To wrap up; cover completely.
Webster's New World
To surround.
Webster's New World
To conceal; hide.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Envelop

  • From Middle English envolupen, from Old French anveloper, envoluper (modern French envelopper), from en- + voloper, vloper (“to wrap, wrap up”) (compare Italian -viluppare; Old Italian alternate form goluppare (“to wrap”)) from Vulgar Latin *vuloppare (“to wrap”), from Proto-Germanic *wlappaną, *wrappaną (“to wrap, roll up, turn, wind”), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to turn, bend”) . Akin to Middle English wlappen (“to wrap, fold”) (Modern English lap (“to wrap, involve, fold”)), Middle English wrappen (“to wrap”), Middle Dutch lappen (“to wrap up, embrace”), Danish dialectal vravle (“to wind, twist”), Middle Low German wrempen (“to wrinkle, distort”), Old English wearp (“warp”). Doublet of inwrap.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English envolupen to be involved in from Old French envoluper, envoloper en- in en–1 voloper to wrap up perhaps akin to Medieval Latin faluppa chaff, straw (influenced by Latin volvere to roll)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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