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Princeton's WordNet

  1. etymologicaladjective

    based on or belonging to etymology

    "I merely drew an etymological distinction"


  1. etymologicaladjective

    Of or relating to etymology.

  2. etymologicaladjective

    Consistent with its etymological characteristics (in historical usage and/or the source language).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Etymologicaladjective

    Relating to etymology; relating to the derivation of words.

    Etymology: from etymology.

    Excuse this conceit, this etymological observation. John Locke.


  1. etymological

    Etymology ( ET-im-OL-ə-jee) is the study of the history of the form of words and, by extension, the origin and evolution of their semantic meaning across time. It is a subfield of historical linguistics, and draws upon comparative semantics, morphology, semiotics, and phonetics. For languages with a long written history, etymologists make use of texts, and texts about the language, to gather knowledge about how words were used during earlier periods, how they developed in meaning and form, or when and how they entered the language. Etymologists also apply the methods of comparative linguistics to reconstruct information about forms that are too old for any direct information to be available. By analyzing related languages with a technique known as the comparative method, linguists can make inferences about their shared parent language and its vocabulary. In this way, word roots in many European languages, for example, can be traced all the way back to the origin of the Indo-European language family. Even though etymological research originated from the philological tradition, much current etymological research is done on language families where little or no early documentation is available, such as Uralic and Austronesian.


  1. etymological

    Etymological pertains to etymology, which is the study of the origin and historical development of words and their meanings. It involves the analysis of word structures, parts, spellings, pronunciations, and how words have evolved or changed over time. An etymological perspective or approach seeks to trace the roots of a word back to its earliest known use or form in any language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Etymologicaladjective

    pertaining to etymology, or the derivation of words

  2. Etymology: [L. etymologicus, Gr. 'etymologiko`s: cf. F. tymologique. See Etymology.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of etymological in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of etymological in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of etymological in a Sentence

  1. Mike Kellen:

    Etymology, n.: Some early etymological scholars come up with derivations that were hard for the public to believe. The term "etymology" was formed from the Latin "etus" ("eaten"), the root "mal" ("bad"), and "logy" ("study of"). It meant "the study of things that are hard to swallow."

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