similar etymology

English word similar comes from Proto-Indo-European *s(e)m-eh₂-, and later Latin similis (Similar.)

Detailed word origin of similar

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*s(e)m-eh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
similis Latin (lat) Similar.
*similaris Malayalam (mal)
similaire French (fra) Similar.
similar English (eng) (mathematics) Of geometrical figures including triangles, squares, ellipses, arcs and more complex figures, having the same shape but possibly different size, rotational orientation, and position; in particular, having corresponding angles equal and corresponding line segments proportional; such that one can be had from the other using a sequence of operations of rotation, translation and [...]