etymological etymological  /ˌɛ tə mə ˈlɑ dʒə kəl/


  • (adj) based on or belonging to etymology


  1. Several panelists choose the final word list, and you determine their etymological origins.
  2. Theirs is an etymological problem.
  3. Or take a Borgmann favorite, the etymological redundancy ouija, for example, which consists of the French oin and the German ja, both meaning yes.


  1. The jimmies story

    When I mentioned jimmies , the long-established localism for chocolate sprinkles, in a recent column, it was just as a passing example; I didn't mean to reopen an etymological can of worms. But a few days later, along came an e-mail from Ron Slate of Milton, repeating the rumor that has dogged our candy terminology. "My mother told us never ...        
    on July 7, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  2. Atlas of True Names

    Peruse the etymological roots of 3,000 cities, countries, rivers, oceans and mountain ranges on five maps: the world, Europe, the British Isles, Canada and the United States. by Harrison Berry In an age of Google Maps, satellites and smartphones, the names of locations matter less than they once did. But those names can confer history, occupation and purpose.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the ...
    on July 3, 2013     Source: Boise Weekly

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affectation affectation
/ˌæ fɛk ˈteɪ ʃən /