duty etymology

English word duty comes from Proto-Indo-European *dyéw(i), Proto-Indo-European *dey-, Latin ex, e (A name of the letter X. (+ ablative) out of, from.), Latin habere

Detailed word origin of duty

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*dyéw(i) Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*dey- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to shine
ex, e Latin (lat) A name of the letter X. (+ ablative) out of, from.
habere Latin (lat)
*deywós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) God.
debeo Latin (lat) To be bound, in duty bound to do something; "I ought", "I must", "I should". To have or keep from some one. To owe something, to be under obligation to and for something.
*deiwos Proto-Italic (itc-pro) God, deity.
devoir Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (modal) to have to; must. To owe Debt.
deiuos Old Latin (itc-ola)
*dẹ̄vos Latin (lat)
Deus Latin (lat) God (in a Judeo-Christian context).
deu Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
duete Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
duty English (eng) (obsolete) One's due, something one is owed; a debt or fee.. (obsolete) Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.. A period of time spent at work or doing a particular task.. A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff, customs duty, excise duty.. Describing a workload as to its idle, working and de-energized periods.. That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.. The [...]

Words with the same origin as duty

Descendants of *dey-
adieu adios deity dev deva diva divine due joss journal journalism journalist
Descendants of ex, e
debt decide decision delicious delivery demand deny describe desert deserve design desire desperate despite destroy die effect effort event evidence issue say still