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[tur-muh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌtɜr məˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural terminologies.
the system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject; nomenclature:
the terminology of botany.
the science of terms, as in particular sciences or arts.
Origin of terminology
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin termin(us) term + -o- + -logy
Related forms
[tur-muh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌtɜr mə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
terminologically, adverb
terminologist, noun Unabridged
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  • We may start from this last observation in our general estimate of the terminology.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • In this period a good deal of the terminology can be gradually familiarized.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • You liked him, and it didn't matter that his terminology was at times a little eccentric.

    The Seeker Harry Leon Wilson
  • And not only in its terminology but actually in its uses it exhibits variety.

  • The terminology employed in the succeeding pages is essentially the same as that used by Beecher, with two new terms added.

British Dictionary definitions for terminology


noun (pl) -gies
the body of specialized words relating to a particular subject
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 terminology

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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