states etymology

English word states comes from English general, English state, Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) etats generaux, Dutch staten generaal

Detailed word origin of states

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
general English (eng) To lead (soldiers) as a general (sometimes, _, postpositive) Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. [from 14th c.]. Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. [from 16th c.]. Including or involving every [...]
state English (eng) (obsolete) stately (anthropology) A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.. (computing) The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.. (computing) The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.. (computing) The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.. (mathematics, stochastic processes) [...]
etats generaux Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
staten generaal Dutch (nld)
states English (eng)

Words with the same origin as states

Descendants of general