gen etymology

English word gen comes from Latin genus, Latin -alis, and later Latin generalis (General, generic.)

Detailed word origin of gen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
genus Latin (lat) (grammar) gender. Birth, origin. Kind, type, class. Set, group (with common attributes). Species (of animal or plant), race (of people).
-alis Latin (lat) Used to form adjectives of relationship from nouns or numerals.
generalis Latin (lat) General, generic.
general Old French (fro) (military) general General (not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category).
general English (eng) To lead (soldiers) as a general (sometimes, _, postpositive) Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. [from 14th c.]. Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. [from 16th c.]. Including or involving every [...]
gen English (eng)

Words with the same origin as gen

Descendants of genus
gender general generate generous genre lucifer molly states
Descendants of -alis
actor animal capital card central channel chatter corner criminal funeral hospital hotel legal master mental natural personal real royal social total trial usual