noun \fə-ˈlä-lə-jē also fī-\

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

Full Definition of PHILOLOGY

:  the study of literature and of disciplines relevant to literature or to language as used in literature
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 \ˌfi-lə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
phil·o·log·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
phi·lol·o·gist \fə-ˈlä-lə-jist also fī-\ noun


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

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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