etymology

Part of speech: noun

That branch of philology which treats of the derivation of words; derivation, as of a word.

Part of speech: noun

The branch of grammar that treats of the parts of speech.

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Usage examples "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)", Augustus de Morgan.
  2. But Barrius suggests an alternative etymology, equally absurd, and connected with the medicinal herbs which are found there. - "Old Calabria", 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", St George Stock.