date etymology

English word date comes from Latin dare, Latin dactylus, Proto-Italic *datos, and later Latin datus ((Late Latin) gift.)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word date. Currently you are viewing the etymology of date with the meaning: (Noun) The date palm.. The fruit of the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft, sweet pulp and enclosing a hard kernel.The date palm.. The fruit of the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft, sweet pulp and enclosing a hard kernel

Detailed word origin of date

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
dare Latin (lat)
dactylus Latin (lat) (New Latin) finger-like; fingered. (poetry) a dactyl (¯ ˘ ˘), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; this came to be in an allusion to the three joints of the finger. A kind of grape. A precious stone. A sort of grass. A sort of muscle. The date.
*datos Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
datus Latin (lat) (Late Latin) gift.
datum Latin (lat) Gift, present.
data Latin (lat)
data Late Latin (LL)
datille Old French (fro)
date Middle English (enm)
date English (eng) The date palm.. The fruit of the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft, sweet pulp and enclosing a hard kernel.

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