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terminology

[tur-muh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌtɜr məˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural terminologies.
1.
the system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject; nomenclature:
the terminology of botany.
2.
the science of terms, as in particular sciences or arts.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin termin(us) term + -o- + -logy
Related forms
terminological
[tur-muh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌtɜr mə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
terminologically, adverb
terminologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for terminologies

terminology

/ˌtɜːmɪˈnɒlədʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
the body of specialized words relating to a particular subject
2.
the study of terms
Derived Forms
terminological (ˌtɜːmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
terminologically, adverb
terminologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin terminus term, from Latin: end
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Word Origin and History for terminologies

terminology

n.

1801, from German Terminologie (1786), a hybrid coined by C.G. Schütz of Jena, from Medieval Latin terminus "word, expression" (see terminus) + Greek -logia "a dealing with, a speaking of" (see -logy).

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Encyclopedia Article for terminologies

terminology

in colonial history, an unstable rudimentary hybrid language used as a means of communication between persons having no other language in common. Although the term was long synonymous with pidgin-as can be seen by the use of jargon in the names of such pidgins as Chinook Jargon and Mobilian Jargon-in the 1980s some linguists began restricting its use to denote pre-pidgins, or early developmental forms of pidgins.

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