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etymon

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noun et·y·mon \ˈe-tə-ˌmän\

Definition of etymon

plural

etyma

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etymons

  1. 1 a :  an earlier form of a word in the same language or an ancestral language b :  a word in a foreign language that is the source of a particular loanword

  2. 2 :  a word or morpheme from which words are formed by composition or derivation



Origin and Etymology of etymon

Latin, from Greek, literal meaning of a word according to its origin, from etymos true; akin to Greek eteos true — more at sooth


First Known Use: circa 1576

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