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Derivation Dictionaries (Word Histories)

Word histories can help you to fully understand a word.

If you have ever looked up all the definitions in a word and still felt like you were missing something it could be you need more information about the word's history.

If you ever wondered how a word has such different definitions this can also be answered by knowing the words history.

DERIVATION: In a dictionary, the derivation is the section which shows the origin and historical development of a word. It is useful for gaining a full understanding of a word.

ETYMOLOGY: the origin and development of a word; the tracing of a word or other form back as far as possible in its own language and to its source in contemporary or earlier languages. Also known as "word histories".


Dictionary of Word Origins (Softcover)
Dictionary of Word Origins (Softcover)

US$19.45
The Heron Derivation Dictionary - Fourth Edition published 2005 (softcover)
The Heron Derivation Dictionary - Fourth Edition published 2005 (softcover)

  • Derivations (word histories) help one to fully understand a word. Most beginning and intermediate dictionaries do not have them.
  • For any student who wants a basic understanding of a word's history but does not want to spend time looking up a lot of symbols.

    US$20.00
  • Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins ,  Fourth  Edition (paperback)
    Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins , Fourth Edition (paperback)

    List price: US$27.95
    Sale price: US$19.95
    The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
    The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

    List price: US$89.95
    Sale price: US$55.99
    The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (Hardcover)

    US$115.00


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