English word elephant comes from Latin elephantus (An elephant.. Ivory.), Latin elephans (An elephant.).

Elephant etymology history

Elephant detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
elephantus Latin (lat) An elephant.. Ivory.
elephans Latin (lat) An elephant.
elephant Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Elephant (animal).
olifant Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
elefaunt Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
elephant English (eng) (British, childish) used when counting to add length, so that each count takes about one second.. (figuratively) Anything huge and ponderous.. (obsolete) ivory. (paper, printing) A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches×22 inches.. A mammal of the order Proboscidea, having a trunk, and two large ivory tusks jutting from the upper jaw.