ufol·​o·​gy yü-ˈfä-lə-jē How to pronounce ufology (audio)
often capitalized U&F & 1st O
: the study of unidentified flying objects
ufological adjective often capitalized U&F & 1st O
ufologist noun often capitalized U&F & 1st O

Examples of ufology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rojas also is the master of ceremonies for the annual International UFO Congress, based in Phoenix, which convenes researchers, enthusiasts and experts from around the world to discuss the latest developments in ufology. The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2024 There’s a lot of ufology and paranormal-adjacent stuff that is important to know for a full understanding of the history of the subject. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 The company To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, cofounded by Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge, employs scientists and former government employees to bring UFO research—sometimes called ufology—into the mainstream. WIRED, 31 Jan. 2023 Somehow, those two particular examples made a connection for me with another abiding interest of Kunzru’s: ufology. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 12 June 2021 In ufology at the time, the vogue was for nonfiction that borrowed from pulp’s plots about civilizations on Venus and Mars; against it, Célestes put forward the field’s first testable hypothesis. Chantel Tattoli, Wired, 18 Feb. 2022 Bringing a sense of credibility to ufology mattered deeply to Doug. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021

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Word History


UFO + -logy

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ufology was in 1959

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“Ufology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ufology. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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