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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Another daily newspaper, Okaz, used similar patriotic terminology, predicting up to 20 years in prison for the accused. Huda Alsahi, Washington Post, "Saudi women can drive starting Sunday. Why are feminists there still labeled traitors?," 20 June 2018 That state of affairs put Nvidia in an interesting position in August when the company announced a new wave of graphics cards with even more terminology and lingo attached. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 Titillating terminology and racy phrasing contribute to the appeal. Claire Beaudreault, SELF, "As a Woman in Recovery, the Term ‘Beauty Junkie’ Bothers Me," 30 July 2018 To use another bit of old-fashioned terminology, a team needs chemistry. Paul Dickson, WSJ, "‘Astroball’ Review: Lone Star Turnaround," 16 July 2018 Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the Municipal Art Society, another group behind the suit against the city, said the wrangling over terminology misses the broader point. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Park or Playground? Semantics Dispute Illuminates Preservationists’ Fight," 1 Jan. 2018 This is because high-functioning depression, depending on how the person using that terminology defines it, doesn’t necessarily require clinical intervention whereas a formal diagnosis like MDD does, Silverman explains. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "What Exactly Does It Mean to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Depression?," 19 Nov. 2018 To use the terminology of food marketers, yogurt wears a health halo. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 June 2018 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

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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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