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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Even the terminology of size inclusivity and body positivity are new to the fashion vernacular. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Veda’s Extended Size Collaboration With Nicolette Mason Is Fashion at Its Most Fearless," 13 Nov. 2018 Yet there is something thrilling about the thought of having such mysterious terminology used to describe you. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "My Best Hoop Dream: Get Waived and Keep the Money," 2 Nov. 2018 With apologies to the far more serious use of that terminology in the nuclear accident near Harrisburg, Pa., the same words might well describe Wall Street’s recent adventures with Fairchild’s stock. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "The Journey for ‘Meltdown,’ from Ice Cream to Political Fiasco," 11 July 2018 Serena Joy knows the medical terminology and possible medication for it. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 6 Recap - 12 Haunting Moments From 'First Blood'," 23 May 2018 Though the carriers use different terminology for the products, Virgin Atlantic’s new economy fares further standardize the offerings offer on the two airlines. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Virgin Atlantic overhauls economy fares, adds no-frills option," 7 Mar. 2018 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

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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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