philology

noun phi·lol·o·gy \ fə-ˈlä-lə-jē also fī- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

philological

play \ˌfi-lə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

philologically

play \ˌfi-lə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

philologist

play \fə-ˈlä-lə-jist also fī-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology 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


PHILOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

philology

noun

Definition of philology for English Language Learners

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


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