An example of etymology is tracing a word back to its Latin roots.
Origin of etymology
- Middle English etimologie from Old French ethimologie from Medieval Latin ethimologia from Latin etymologia from Greek etumologiā etumon true sense of a word etymon -logiā -logy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English etimologie, from Old French ethimologie, from Latin etymologia, from Ancient Greek ἐτυμολογία (etumologia), from ἔτυμον (etumon, “true sense”) and -λογία (-logia, “study of”) (from λόγος (logos)).