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etymology

et·y·mol·o·gy

etymology

 
pronunciation:
e t ma lih ji
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part of speech: noun
inflections: etymologies
definition 1: an account of the origin and development of a word and its meanings.
definition 2: the branch of linguistics dealing with the origins and development of words and their meanings.
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derivations: etymological (adj.), etymologically (adv.), etymologist (n.)
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