civil etymology

Middle English word civil comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱoy-, Ancient Greek κανών, and later Proto-Italic *keiwis ((possibly) citizen. Society.)

Detailed word origin of civil

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ḱoy- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
κανών Ancient Greek (grc)
*keiwis Proto-Italic (itc-pro) (possibly) citizen. Society.
canon Latin (lat) (Ecclesiastical Latin) catalog of sacred writings. (Later Latin) a cannon (artillery). (figuratively) precept, rule, canon. A measuring line. A yearly tribute paid to the emperor.
ceivis Old Latin (itc-ola)
canonista Malayalam (mal)
civis Latin (lat) Citizen.
civilis Latin (lat) (figuratively) Courteous, polite, civil, affable, urbane.. (substantive) courtesy, civility. Of or pertaining to citizens; civic, civil.. Of or pertaining to public or political life; public, political.
civil Old French (fro)
civil Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as civil

Descendants of *ḱoy-
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