genius etymology

Latin word genius comes from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₃-, Ancient Greek Γένθιος

Detailed word origin of genius

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ǵenh₃- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
Γένθιος Ancient Greek (grc)
genius Latin (lat) (of the intellect) wit, talents, genius (rare). (with respect to the enjoyment of life) the spirit of social enjoyment, fondness for good living, taste, appetite, inclinations. The deity or guardian spirit of a person, place, etc.