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etymology

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌet.ɪˈmɒl.ə.dʒi/ us    /ˌet̬.ɪˈmɑː.lə-/
the study of the origin and history of words, or a study of this type relating to one particular word: At university she developed an interest in etymology. A list of selected words and their etymologies is printed at the back of the book.
etymological
adjective uk   /ˌet.ɪ.məˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl/ us    /-ˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/
etymologically
adverb uk   /ˌet.ɪ.məˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl.i/ us    /ˌet̬.ɪˈməˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/
etymologist
noun [C] uk   /-dʒɪst/ us  
Translations of “etymology”
in Spanish etimología…
in Chinese (Traditional) 詞源學, 闡述詞源,詞源說明…
in Russian этимология…
in Turkish kökenbilim, etimoloji…
in Chinese (Simplified) 词源学, 阐述词源,词源说明…
in Polish etymologia…
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