Theotokos

noun

Theo·​to·​kos ˌthē-ə-ˈtō-(ˌ)kōs How to pronounce Theotokos (audio)
ˌthā-,
-kəs How to pronounce Theotokos (audio)

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Late Greek theotókos, originally as adjective, "giving birth to God, being the mother of God," from Greek theo- theo- + -tokos "giving birth (to or in the manner specified)," adjective derivative of tókos "childbirth, act of giving birth (to animals), offspring" — more at dystocia

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Theotokos was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Theotokos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Theotokos. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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