deity etymology

English word deity comes from Proto-Indo-European *dyeu-, Proto-Indo-European *dī-, and later Proto-Indo-European *deywós (God.)

Detailed word origin of deity

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*dyeu- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to shine
*dī- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) time
*deywós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) God.
*deiwos Proto-Italic (itc-pro) God, deity.
deiuos Old Latin (itc-ola)
*dẹ̄vos Latin (lat)
deus Latin (lat) An imperial epithet (for deified emperors). God, deity.
deitas Latin (lat) Divinity, deity, the nature of a god.
deité Middle French (frm) Deity, god.
deity English (eng) A divine being; a god or goddess. [from 14th c.]. The state of being a god; divine characteristics, godhead. [from 14th c.].

Words with the same origin as deity

Descendants of *dyeu-
adieu adios dev deva diary diva divine due duty joss journal journalism journalist journey
Descendants of *dī-
anytime bedtime bird daytime lunchtime overtime quality region sometime space spacecraft spaceship tide tidy time timing u us