What does the word etymology mean?

Usage examples for etymology

  1. He took Etymology to witness that means to an end must be plural: and he would have any one method to be a mean. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  2. But Barrius suggests an alternative etymology, equally absurd, and connected with the medicinal herbs which are found there. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  3. The term in question was first used by Zeno, and was explained by him, in accordance with its etymology, to mean what it came to one to do, so that as far as this goes, 'becomingness' would be the most appropriate translation. – A Little Book of Stoicism by St George Stock