illegal etymology

English word illegal comes from Proto-Indo-European *leg-, Latin il-, Malayalam illēgālis, and later Latin legalis (Law (attributive). Legal.)

Detailed word origin of illegal

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*leg- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to gather, to collect
il- Latin (lat)
illēgālis Malayalam (mal)
*leǵ-s Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*lēg- Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
legis Latin (lat)
legalis Latin (lat) Law (attributive). Legal.
illegalis Malayalam (mal)
illegalis Latin (lat) Illegal.
illégal French (fra) Illegal; not permitted by law.
illegal English (eng) (colloquial, offensive) An illegal immigrant.. (espionage) A spy working abroad illegally and undercover, without visible ties to his (her) country's authorities. (chiefly, US, sometimes, offensive) Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.. (of a person, sometimes, _, offensive) Being or doing something illegally.. (philately, of an issue printed for collectors) Totally [...]

Words with the same origin as illegal

Descendants of *leg-
lake latch leak