etymon [et-uh-mon] Word Origin noun, plural et·y·mons, et·y·ma [et-uh-muh] /ˈɛt ə mə/.
- the linguistic form from which another form is historically derived, as the Latin cor “heart,” which is the etymon of English cordial, or the Indo-European *ḱ(e)rd-, which is the etymon of Latin cor, Greek kardía, Russian serdtse, and English heart.
Origin of etymon 1560–70; Latin: the origin of a word Greek étymon the essential meaning of a word seen in its origin or traced to its grammatical parts (neuter of étymos true, actual, real) Related Words for etyma origin, development, derivation, source, root, etymon British Dictionary definitions for etyma etymon noun plural -mons or -ma (-mə)
- a form of a word or morpheme, usually the earliest recorded form or a reconstructed form, from which another word or morpheme is derived: the etymon of English “ewe” is Indo-European ” * owi”
Word Origin for etymon C16: via Latin, from Greek etumon basic meaning, from etumos true, actual Word Origin and History for etyma etymon n.
“primitive word,” 1570s, from Greek etymon, neuter of etymos “true, real, actual,” related to eteos “true,” which is perhaps cognate with Sanskrit satyah, Gothic sunjis, Old English soð “true.”