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 difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
Mark Twain