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eta

[ey-tuh, ee-tuh] /ˈeɪ tə, ˈi tə/
noun
1.
the seventh letter of the Greek alphabet (H, η).
2.
the vowel sound represented by this letter.
Origin of eta
< Greek êta; compare Hebrew ḥeth heth

E.T.A.

or ETA

1.
estimated time of arrival.
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  • There was that theory, you will remember, that in the army there were neither samurai nor eta—only soldiers.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • For no goddess can be an eta—even if it were possible for a mortal as beautiful as you to be an eta.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • Seven men of the outcast, "the eta," class were authoritatively declared equal in value to one common man.

  • "You become an eta if you marry her," Hoshiko's mother was saying.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • No samurai in all the thousands of years of our empire has ever married an eta!

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • Perhaps there was but one thing in the old days, worse than the eta—the deserter.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • It happened one evening when we were sitting on the front porch of the eta Bita Pie house.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • There are now neither samurai nor eta, but only sons of the emperor.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
British Dictionary definitions for eta

eta1

/ˈiːtə/
noun
1.
the seventh letter in the Greek alphabet (Η, η), a long vowel sound, transliterated as e or ē
Word Origin
Greek, of Phoenician origin; compare Hebrew heth

eta2

/ˈeɪtə/
noun (pl) eta, etas
1.
(in Japan, formerly) a member of a class of outcasts who did menial and dirty tasks
Word Origin
C19: Japanese

ETA1

abbreviation
1.
estimated time of arrival

ETA2

/ˈɛtə/
noun acronym
1.
Euzkadi ta Askatsuna: an organization of militant Basque nationalists attempting to gain independence for the Basques, esp those ruled by Spain, until a ceasefire in 1998, by means of guerrilla warfare
Word Origin
Basque, literally: Basque Nation and Liberty
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Word Origin and History for eta

e.t.a.

abbreviation of estimated time (of) arrival, first attested 1939.

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eta in Medicine

eta e·ta (ā'tə, ē'tə)
n.

Symbol η The seventh letter of the Greek alphabet.

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Related Abbreviations for eta

ETA

1.
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2.
Employment and Training Administration
3.
estimated time of arrival
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