Simple Definition of philology
: the study of language; especially : the study of how languages or words develop
Full Definition of philology
1 : the study of literature and of disciplines relevant to literature or to language as used in literature
2 a : linguistics; especially : historical and comparative linguistics b : the study of human speech especially as the vehicle of literature and as a field of study that sheds light on cultural history
Origin of philology
French philologie, from Latin philologia love of learning and literature, from Greek, from philologos fond of learning and literature, from phil- + logos word, speech — more at legend
First Known Use: 1612
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