Associations to the word «Etymology»

Wiktionary

ETYMOLOGY, noun. (uncountable) The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
ETYMOLOGY, noun. (countable) An account of the origin and historical development of a word.

Dictionary definition

ETYMOLOGY, noun. A history of a word.
ETYMOLOGY, noun. The study of the sources and development of words.

Wise words

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
Stephen King