Origin: et·y·mol·o·gy (noun, plural et·y·mol·o·gies)
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin etymologia < Greek etymología, equivalent to etymológ
( os ) studying the true meanings and values of words ( étymo ( s ) true ( see etymon) + lógos word, reason) + -ia -y3
1. The derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word source, derivation, origin.
2. A chronological account of the birth and development of a particular word or element of a word, often delineating its spread from one language to another and its evolving changes in form and meaning. Synonyms: word history, word lore, historical development.
3. The study of historical linguistic change, especially as manifested in individual words.
Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
So far from variation or quick change?
Why with the time do I not glance aside
To new-found methods, and to compounds strange?
Why write I still all one, ever the same,
And keep invention in a noted weed,
That every word doth almost tell my name,
Showing their birth, and where they did proceed?
O! know sweet love I always write of you,
And you and love are still my argument;
So all my best is dressing old words new,
Spending again what is already spent:
For as the sun is daily new and old,
So is my love still telling what is told.