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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Regardless of your knowledge on all the nuances and implications of football terminology, Sunday's Super Bowl is prime for looking your sportiest. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Touchdown! 5 Super Bowl Beauty Looks for Watching Sunday’s Game," 1 Feb. 2019 Despite the wonky terminology, logistic substitution is quite familiar to most modern-day consumers. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 Every workout from barre to CrossFit has its own set of terminology, Pilates included. Emily Abbate, SELF, "8 Things to Know Before You Take Pilates Classes," 2 Jan. 2019 In cannon and howitzer terminology, the caliber of the barrel is not the barrel diameter, but the length. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s New Howitzer Barrel is Ridiculously Long," 17 Oct. 2018 This can be done by simply changing the signs on the bathroom door to more neutral terminology. SELF, "How to Make Your Gym or Fitness Space More Inclusive and Welcoming for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People," 30 Oct. 2018 From the terminology down to the culture, football, with its macho ethos and often militaristic structure is inescapably patriarchal. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "A battle for respect, then in the trenches: For Newport’s Jenna Martz, football is feminism," 26 Oct. 2018 Gottlieb said the agency will soon tap the public for comments on the terminology and hopes to wring out a new policy within a year. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“An almond doesn’t lactate:” FDA to crack down on use of the word “milk”," 18 July 2018 Turner’s old protégé Rob Chudzinski installed the first NFL offense that Newton ran in 2011, and Shula carried over the terminology when he was promoted in 2013, so there’s a ton of conceptual familiarity in place. Albert Breer, SI.com, "For Andrew Luck, It All Re-Starts Here," 18 June 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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