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 Earlier health crises also spawned new acronyms and terminology. Roger J. Kreuz, CNN, "The pandemic is changing the English language," 16 Oct. 2020 This resolution is a small victory, but the terminology will still float around in the public discourse for years. Minhae Shim Roth, Good Housekeeping, "How to Stand in Solidarity with the Asian Community During the Pandemic," 13 Oct. 2020 The terminology has evolved over the years as more states expand voting options and people vote before Election Day. Barbara Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "The 19th Explains: Everything you need to know about voting and Election Day 2020," 12 Oct. 2020 Students were able to learn about the basics of welding terminology from their own homes and without much trouble. Farah Eltohamy, The Arizona Republic, "Butchers, welders and aestheticians require in-person training. Here's how that happens with COVID-19," 9 Oct. 2020 Earlier health crises also spawned new acronyms and terminology. Roger J. Kreuz, The Conversation, "How COVID-19 is changing the English language," 25 Sep. 2020 The differences have been in the details — play calling preferences, personnel shifts, terminology and player development. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "How first-year IU offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan deals with limited offseason," 1 Oct. 2020 Air Canada and EasyJet both eliminated the terminology on its flights in 2019, while United Airlines led the way in offering non-binary gender identification during booking. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Japan Airlines Switches to Gender-neutral Greetings on All Flights," 29 Sep. 2020 So during the past few weeks, the 28-year-old receiver has spent lots of late nights studying the terminology of contracts and the art of negotiation. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Direct deposit: WR Hopkins negotiates own deal with Arizona," 8 Sep. 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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20 Oct 2020

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“Terminology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminology. Accessed 29 Oct. 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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