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et•y•mol•o•gy /ˌɛtəˈmɑlədʒi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -gies. 
  1. Linguistics the history of words or word elements:[countable]a dictionary of etymology.
  2. Linguistics[uncountable] the study of historical linguistic change in individual words.
et•y•mo•log•i•cal /ˌɛtəməˈlɑdʒɪkəl/USA pronunciation  adj. 
et•y•mol•o•gist /ˌɛtəˈmɑlədʒɪst/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
et•y•mol•o•gy  (et′ə molə jē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -gies. 
  1. Linguisticsthe derivation of a word.
  2. Linguisticsan account of the history of a particular word or element of a word.
  3. Linguisticsthe study of historical linguistic change, esp. as manifested in individual words.
et•y•mo•log•i•cal  (et′ə mə loji kəl),USA pronunciation  et′y•mo•logic, adj.  et′y•mo•logi•cal•ly, adv. 
et′y•molo•gist, n. 
  • Greek etymología, equivalent. to etymológ(os) studying the true meanings and values of words (étymo(s) true (see etymon) + lógos word, reason) + -ia -y3
  • Latin etymologia
  • 1350–1400; Middle English

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

etymology /ˌɛtɪˈmɒlədʒɪ/ n ( pl -gies)
  1. the study of the sources and development of words and morphemes
  2. an account of the source and development of a word or morpheme
Etymology: 14th Century: via Latin from Greek etumologia; see etymon, -logy

etymological /ˌɛtɪməˈlɒdʒɪkəl/ adj ˌetymoˈlogically adv ˌetyˈmologist n

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