average etymology

English word average comes from Arabic عوارية, English -age, Arabic عَوِرَ, Old Italian avaria

Detailed word origin of average

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
عوارية Arabic (ara) (accounting) damage in transit, average, the occurrence of transported goods being lost.
-age English (eng) Forming nouns with the sense of collection or appurtenance.. Forming nouns indicating a charge, toll, or fee. Forming nouns indicating a place. Forming nouns indicating a process, action, or a result. Forming nouns indicating a rate. Forming nouns of a state or relationship.
عَوِرَ Arabic (ara)
avaria Old Italian (it-oit)
عَوَار Arabic (ara)
عَوَارِيَّة Arabic (ara)
avaria Italian (ita) Broken. Out of action Breakdown, failure (mechanical). Damage.
avarie Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Damage done to goods on a watercraft when they are thrown overboard due to a risk of the watercraft capsizing.
average English (eng) (intransitive) To be, generally or on average.. (transitive) Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of.. (transitive) To compute the average of, especially the arithmetic mean.. (transitive) To divide among a number, according to a given proportion. (UK, in the plural) In the corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the [...]

Words with the same origin as average

Descendants of -age
footage leverage luggage mileage orphanage package salvage save sewage shortage storage teenage underage voltage wreckage