villain etymology

English word villain comes from Late Latin villanus

Detailed word origin of villain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
villanus Late Latin (LL)
vilein Old French (fro)
villein Middle English (enm)
villain English (eng) (obsolete, transitive) To debase; to degrade. (Can we clean up([http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wiktionary%3ARequests+for+cleanup&action=edit&section=new&preloadtitle=%5B%5Bvillain%5D%5D +]) this sense?) (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): A vile, wicked person.. (poker) Any opponent player, especially a hypothetical player for example and [...]

Words with the same origin as villain

Descendants of villanus
supervillain villainess