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

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For years, the Border Patrol has quietly tolerated racist terminology. New York Times, "‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis," 15 Sep. 2019 Its remains are strewn across 30 or so countries, each with their own models, maps, survey techniques, and terminologies. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Lost continent revealed in new reconstruction of geologic history," 11 Sep. 2019 Robinhood's Elman said simplifying the language and terminology for its users is a high priority for the company. Ahiza Garcia, CNN, "Banking has a problem: It's still easier to talk about sex than money," 5 Sep. 2019 Learn basic aspects of how computers work and computer operations and terminology for Windows 7. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 And over the years, linguists and other social scientists have come up with a few ideas to combat it—to neutralize androcentric terminology and concepts. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture," 15 Aug. 2019 Sacramento Bee CALIFORNIA CULTURE Salesforce will be removing Hawaiian terminology from the company’s internal branding after employees raised concerns of cultural appropriation. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The state of California vs. Trump, again," 14 Aug. 2019 The early 1990s found predominantly white college campuses embroiled in conflicts over language, namely racist terminology. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "What Toni Morrison Knew About Trump," 13 Aug. 2019 The Special Housing Unit, where Epstein spent weeks awaiting trial, is federal prisons’ terminology for what most people know as solitary confinement. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Myth of “Justice” in America," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of terminology

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

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