etymology

et·y·mol·o·gy
[et-uh-mol-uh-jee]

– noun, pl. -gies.
1.
the derivation of a word.
2.
an account of the history of a particular word or element of a word.
3.
the study of historical linguistic change, especially as manifested in individual words.

Origin: 1350–1400; ME < L etymologia < Gk etymología, equiv. to etymológ(os) studying the true meanings and values of words (étymo(s) true (see etymon) + lógos word, reason) + -ia -y3

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