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etymologynoun [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 ​typerelating 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.
adjective uk   /ˌet.ɪ.məˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl/  us   /-ˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/
adverb uk   /ˌet.ɪ.məˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˌet̬.ɪˈməˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/
noun [C] uk   us   /-dʒɪst/
(Definition of etymology from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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etymologynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌet̬·əˈmɑl·ə·dʒi/
English the ​origin and ​history of a word or words, or the ​study of word ​origins
(Definition of etymology from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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