Doublet

Entertainment / Literature / Doublet: In linguistics, a pair of words that derive from the same etymon, but since they were adapted at different times or by different routes, take on two different meanings. For instance, the Modern English words chief and chef both come from the same French word, originally meaning roughly 'guy in charge.' Chief was adopted, however, in a time when Norman French was associated with military power, and thus the word had contexts of 'leader of a war band.' The same word was adopted centuries later, however, in a time when Parisian French was associated with culture and culinary arts. Now, chef came to mean in English, 'leader of a kitchen.' Thus, the same word adopted twice can come to gain two different meanings.

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