ter·​mi·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌtər-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce terminology (audio) \
plural terminologies

Definition of terminology

1 : the technical or special terms used in a business, art, science, or special subject
2 : nomenclature as a field of study

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Other Words from terminology

terminological \ ˌtər-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce terminological (audio) \ adjective
terminologically \ ˌtər-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce terminologically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of terminology in a Sentence

a lexicon covering the terminologies of several scientific fields the terminology favored by sportscasters
Recent Examples on the Web White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany defended the president's terminology. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Obama: Trump's use of 'kung flu' phrase 'pisses me off'," 29 June 2020 Replicants—which are prominently mentioned in the launcher, and amount to desktop widgets built into some Haiku-native apps—are one example of this terminology SNAFU. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "A decidedly non-Linux distro walkthrough: Haiku R1/beta2," 29 June 2020 But their recent actions and ciphered terminology has now caught the attention of the US government. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Who Are The Boogaloo Bois? These Hawaiian Shirt-Wearing, Gun-Toting Americans Want War," 19 June 2020 The magazine’s Gender Revolution feature includes a useful glossary of gender terminology and concepts. Gillian Kendall, National Geographic, "Celebrate Pride with 10 travel books by LGBTQ authors," 19 June 2020 Fields Moseley, a spokesman for the county, told The Republic that Correctional Health and the Sheriff's Office work closely together to develop housing criteria and common terminology that is communicated clearly through both organizations. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Maricopa County jail inmate tests COVID-19 positive after lawyer warns sheriff of symptoms," 16 June 2020 That terminology was made popular in the early aughts by black director Spike Lee and refers to Hollywood's use of a black character who serves to make the lives of white characters better. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "These films don't help the racism conversation," 10 June 2020 Writer-director Darryl Wharton-Rigby was one of many users who found Crews' terminology offensive and confusing on a day in which Republican Sen. Mitt Romney marched with Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, D.C. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Terry Crews' controversial tweet about 'Black Supremacy' prompts social media backlash," 8 June 2020 Despite the terminology, use of these weapons can sometimes be fatal. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Flash grenades, rubber bullets and pepper balls: A look at "less than lethal" devices that can sometimes be fatal," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of terminology

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for terminology

Medieval Latin terminus term, expression (from Latin, limit) + English -o- + -logy

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The first known use of terminology was in 1770

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4 Jul 2020

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“Terminology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminology. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of terminology

: the special words or phrases that are used in a particular field

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