matches etymology

English word matches comes from Proto-Germanic *gamaną, Proto-Indo-European *mag-, French match ((sports) match.)

Detailed word origin of matches

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gamaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) A fellow human, associate, companion. Fun, amusement, game, sport. Pleasure, enjoyment, joy.
*mag- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) great, to knead, press, to knead, mix, make
match French (fra) (sports) match.
gamen Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Game, sport, or pastime. Joy, mirth, or pleasure.
*makaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Fit, suitable, agreeable, comfortable.
gammen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
*makô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) An equal; comrade; mate; match.
makr Old Norse (non)
mæc Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
ġemaca Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
matche Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
imake Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
set English (eng) (UK, education) To divide a class group in a subject according to ability (UK, education) A class group in a subject where pupils are divided by ability.. (dance) The initial or basic formation of dancers.. (exercise) A group of repetitions of a single exercise performed one after the other without rest.. (in plural, “sets”, mathematics, informal) Set theory.. (literally, and, figuratively) [...]
matches English (eng)

Words with the same origin as matches

Descendants of *gamaną
game match rematch reset set setup sunset upset
Descendants of *mag-
mack mackerel majestic majesty major make making mason mayor remake senior señor señora señorita signor sir sire