legitimate etymology

English word legitimate comes from Latin legitimus

Detailed word origin of legitimate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
legitimus Latin (lat) Just, proper, appropriate. Lawful, legal, legitimate. Legal (of or pertaining to the law).
legitimo Latin (lat)
lēgitimatus Malayalam (mal)
legytymat Middle English (enm)
legitimate English (eng) Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married couple. [from mid-14th century]. Authentic, real, genuine.. Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid.. In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful.. Relating to hereditary rights. A person born to a legally married couple. (transitive) To make legitimate, lawful, [...]