etymon

play
noun et·y·mon \ˈe-tə-ˌmän\

Definition of etymon

plural

etyma

play \ˈe-tə-mə\ also

etymons

  1. 1a :  an earlier form of a word in the same language or an ancestral languageb :  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: 1573

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

Learn More about etymon


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up etymon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the point at which something begins

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!