distance etymology

English word distance comes from Latin distantia (Difference, diversity. Distance, remoteness.)

Detailed word origin of distance

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
distantia Latin (lat) Difference, diversity. Distance, remoteness.
destance Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
destaunce Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
distance English (eng) (countable) The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.. (countable, informal) The difference; the subjective measure between two quantities.. (uncountable, figuratively) A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance.. (uncountable, figuratively) The entire amount of progress to an objective.. A space [...]