alternate etymology

English word alternate comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂el-, Proto-Indo-European - -teros, Latin -rnus (Suffix forming adjectives.)

Detailed word origin of alternate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂el- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to raise, feed, nourish, beyond, to grow
- -teros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
-rnus Latin (lat) Suffix forming adjectives.
*h₂élteros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Other (of two), second.
*alteros Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
altera Latin (lat)
alternus Latin (lat) Alternate (one after the other), successive. Interchangeable. Mutual, reciprocal.
alterno Latin (lat) I do one thing and then another, do by turns, interchange, alternate.. I hesitate, vacillate.
alternate English (eng) (intransitive) To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; followed by with.. (intransitive) To vary by turns.. (transitive) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.. (transitive, geometry) To perform an alternation (removal of alternate vertices) on (a polytope or tessellation); to remove vertices (from [...]

Words with the same origin as alternate

Descendants of *h₂el-
adultery alias alibi alien ally altar alter altitude elder element elementary ellen else elsewhere hi high highway ol' old ole ou underworld world worldwide
Descendants of - -teros
enter entrance exit interior intro introduce introduction yesterday
Descendants of -rnus
cavern frat fraternity maternity modern paternity