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philology

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noun phi·lol·o·gy \fə-ˈlä-lə-jē also fī-\

Simple Definition of philology

  • : the study of language; especially : the study of how languages or words develop

Full Definition of philology

  1. 1 :  the study of literature and of disciplines relevant to literature or to language as used in literature

  2. 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

phil·o·log·i·cal play \ˌfi-lə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
phil·o·log·i·cal·ly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
phi·lol·o·gist play \fə-ˈlä-lə-jist also fī-\ noun

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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