espionage etymology

English word espionage comes from Dutch -age, Dutch spioneren ((intransitive) to perform espionage.), Old French espion

Detailed word origin of espionage

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-age Dutch (nld) Action (kijvage, from kijven). Collectivity (tuigage). Result of an action (stellage).
spioneren Dutch (nld) (intransitive) to perform espionage.
espion Old French (fro)
espionner Middle French (frm)
espionnage French (fra) Espionage; spying.
espionage English (eng) The act or process of learning secret information through clandestine means.

Words with the same origin as espionage

Descendants of spioneren
counterespionage