Entertainment / Literature / Etymon: (plural, etyma) An older word that is a source for a newer one. See etymology.


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 Englis MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Etymology: (1) The origin of a word. (2) The study of word origins and the history of words--especially how words can be traced back to a root, i.e., an earlier source word. See etymon. Contrast with folk etymol MORE

Ultimate Source

Entertainment / Literature / Ultimate Source: In linguistics, the earliest known or most ancient etymon for a particular word, as opposed to a direct source, the most recent source for a word. MORE

Etymological Respelling

Entertainment / Literature / Etymological Respelling: Revising spelling to reflect or match how a word's etymon was spelled, or the actual word so altered. For instance, the words debt and doubt gained their silent letters in the Renaissance when rev MORE