instrument etymology

English word instrument comes from Latin instruo, and later Latin -mentum (Instrument, medium, or result of; e.g. monumentum.)

Detailed word origin of instrument

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
instruo Latin (lat) (military) I draw up (in battle formation), array, set in order, form.. I arrange, organise or organize, plan; devise.. I build in or into, insert; erect, construct.. I prepare (for), provide (for), make ready, set up, furnish, provide, equip, fit out, procure.. I provide with information, teach, inform, instruct.
-mentum Latin (lat) Instrument, medium, or result of; e.g. monumentum.
instrument Old French (fro)
instrument English (eng) (figuratively) A person used as a mere tool for achieving a goal.. (legal) A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, indenture, or will.. A device used to produce music.. A means or agency for achieving an effect.. A measuring or displaying device.. A tool, implement used for manipulation or measurement. (transitive) To apply measuring devices.. (transitive) To [...]

Words with the same origin as instrument

Descendants of instruo
instruct instruction instructor instrumental