The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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OUP Oxford, May 26, 1966 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1025 pages
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This text is the most complete and the most reliable etymological dictionary of the English language ever published. There are some 24,000 main entries, and with the derivatives, the total number of words treated is more than 38,000. Each word is accompanied by its pronunciation, its present-day meaning, the date of its first record in English and the chronology of the development of its sense/s), and its earliest form in written English. The principal Germanic cognates are presented, and also the relevant forms from other languages in so far as they help to explain the etymology of English words. It has become standard for scholars and all those who interested in the history of English words will find this book a standard source of verified information.

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Briefly defines the scope of the book in the definition of Etymology as "the origin, formation, and development (of a word)".[v] Example: LAW - rule [OIcel] - layer, partnership, fixed price, set tune ... Read full review

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About the author (1966)

The lexicographical labours of the late Dr C.T. Onions began when he joined the staff of the Oxford English Dictionary in 1895. His astringent yet humane scholarship in this field was well known from his work as co-editor (with J. A. H. Murray, Henry Bradley, and W. A. Craigie) of the OED, and later of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. His life work was crowned with his new etymological dictionary, based on the OED butembodying further research on the etymology of English and of the other languages concerned.

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