minus etymology

Latin word minus comes from Latin mina, Proto-Indo-European *mī-, Proto-Indo-European *pau-, and later Latin parvus (Ignorable, unimportant. Small, little, cheap.)

Detailed word origin of minus

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mina Latin (lat) (figuratively) threats, menaces. Projecting points, pinnacles, battlements, parapets.
*mī- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*pau- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
parvus Latin (lat) Ignorable, unimportant. Small, little, cheap.
minari Latin (lat)
minus Latin (lat)

Words with the same origin as minus

Descendants of mina
minor
Descendants of *mī-
commune mala male malo malum melior melius meo milium moenia mulier munus muris pugna