difference etymology

English word difference comes from Latin fero, Latin dis-, Portuguese dif-, Latin differro, and later Latin differentia (Difference. Diversity.)

Detailed word origin of difference

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
fero Latin (lat) I bear, carry. I cast (a vote); pass or ratify (a law). I report. I suffer, endure. I support, hold up.
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
dif- Portuguese (por)
differro Latin (lat)
differo Latin (lat) (intransitive) I am different, differ, vary.. (transitive) I carry different ways, spread, scatter, disperse, separate.. (transitive, figuratively) I defer, put off, protract, delay, adjourn.. (transitive, figuratively) I distract, disquiet or disturb someone; confound.. (transitive, figuratively) I spread, publish, circulate, divulge; cry down, defame.
differens Latin (lat)
differentia Latin (lat) Difference. Diversity.
difference Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Difference.
difference English (eng) (transitive) To distinguish or differentiate. (countable) A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.. (countable) A disagreement or argument.. (countable) The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.. (countable, uncountable) Significant change in or effect on a situation or state.. (heraldry) An addition to a coat of arms to [...]

Words with the same origin as difference

Descendants of fero
cluster different fertile jinx majority offer parliament prefer refer reference relate relation relations relationship relative ship suffer suffering suspend transfer transferred translate translation translator
Descendants of dis-
address debate defeat delay dessert difficult dinner direct direction director disagree disappear discipline discover discuss disguise display distance distant district dress dressed dressing
Descendants of dif-