maintenance etymology

English word maintenance comes from Latin tentare, Latin manu, Latin manus tenere, and later Latin manuteneo ((Late Latin, Vulgar Latin) I support, maintain.)

Detailed word origin of maintenance

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
tentare Latin (lat)
manu Latin (lat)
manus tenere Latin (lat)
manuteneo Late Latin (LL)
manuteneo Latin (lat) (Late Latin, Vulgar Latin) I support, maintain.
maintenir Old French (fro) To maintain (to keep the same).
maintenance Old French (fro)
mayntenaunce Middle English (enm)
maintenance English (eng) (biology) The natural process which keeps an organism alive.. (legal) (UK English) Alimony, a periodical payment or a lump sum made or ordered to be made to a spouse after a divorce.. (legal) A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.. (legal) Child support.. Actions performed to keep [...]

Words with the same origin as maintenance

Descendants of tentare
attempt tempt temptation tent
Descendants of manu