ter·​mi·​nol·​o·​gy ˌtər-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce terminology (audio)
plural terminologies
: the technical or special terms used in a business, art, science, or special subject
: nomenclature as a field of study
terminological adjective
terminologically 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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Word History


Medieval Latin terminus term, expression (from Latin, limit) + English -o- + -logy

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of terminology was in 1770

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“Terminology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminology. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ter·​mi·​nol·​o·​gy ˌtər-mə-ˈnäl-ə-jē How to pronounce terminology (audio)
plural terminologies
: the special terms or expressions used in a field
the terminology of law

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