Meaning of etymology

et•y•mol•o•gy

Pronunciation: (et"u-mol'u-jē), [key]
— pl. -gies.
  1. the derivation of a word.
  2. an account of the history of a particular word or element of a word.
  3. the study of historical linguistic change, esp. as manifested in individual words.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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