ter·mi·nol·o·gy | \ˌtər-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē \
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 \ adjective
terminologically \ˌtər-mə-nə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē \ 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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Fellow quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray and tight end Trey Burton, who are familiar with the offense’s terminology from playing in similar systems, can help Trubisky assimilate. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "Matt Nagy: ‘Hard not to smile’ working with Mitch Trubisky," 17 Apr. 2018 The first phase is online preparation that helps veterans translate their military skills into terminology that resonates with recruiters and HR specialists. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Airport System, Edge4Vets provide job prep workshop for veterans," 5 Mar. 2018 Here is a look at some of the basic issues behind the terminology of the summit meeting: What exactly is meant by ‘denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula’? Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Trump and Kim May Define ‘Korea Denuclearization’ Quite Differently," 10 June 2018 Especially now, installing a new offense, new little wrinkles and new terminology and some new ways of being coached, all of these reps are very valuable. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Vibe at Panthers' spring workouts? It's really different, and there are 2 big reasons," 1 June 2018 The tweet Tuesday was the latest example of the president co-opting the terminology of his accusers in an effort to tarnish political enemies. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump borrows language of accusers, critics in Mueller tweet," 29 May 2018 That allowed me to get comfortable with the terminology and to steep myself in the subject matter. Bradley Babendir, Longreads, "Storytelling the Flood: Elizabeth Rush on Empathy and Climate Change," 7 June 2018 In Baldet’s view, part of the problem is rooted in the terminology. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Is Bitcoin Better than Business Blockchains? They’re More Alike Than You Think," 1 June 2018 Whether the terminology or the movement of sustainable cocktails goes mainstream remains to be seen—and could be a long way off. Rachel King, Fortune, "Sustainable Cocktails Could Be the Next Big Trend in Bartending," 2 July 2018

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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 special words or phrases that are used in a particular field

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